After moving to the United States from Beijing, he majored in biology at UCLA and volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club.
So it came as a surprise when, on a Tuesday morning in March, federal authorities arrested him on suspicion of facilitating an international cheating ring.
Any other day the UCLA bust might have made national headlines, but the news got swamped by a bigger, sexier college cheating scandal: Operation Varsity Blues.
Few suggest that Chinese students, who make up a third of all international students in the U.S., cheat at higher rates than students from other foreign countries.
In 2015 federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania indicted 15 Chinese nationals for a standardized test-taking scheme similar to the UCLA case.
As supply follows demand, an entire industry has sprouted to help Chinese college applicants and students cheat.
(In 2017 the Chinese state-run Global Times ran a trend story about foreign students, including Americans, cheating at Chinese universities.). »