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In many aspects of the legal system, China and the United States are similar. For example, killing, arson, and stealing are both illegal and should be punished by law. But there are also some aspects, because of different national conditions, what can be done in China is illegal in the United States. Or in China, "big matters can be turned into small things, and small things can be turned into small things." In the United States, it must be "the law must be followed, and law enforcement must be strict."

After the reform and opening up, more and more Chinese went to the United States to travel, visit relatives, work, and study abroad. "Do as the locals do" is a must, such as going to restaurants or staying in hotels, don't forget to tip. However, this is far from enough. It is also necessary to "go to the countryside and follow the law." Especially for small foreign students, it is more necessary to clamp the tail everywhere. In recent years, the age of studying in the United States has become younger, and most of them are young people under the age of 20. The numbers in English are from 13 to 19, all ending with teens. Therefore, teenagers between 13 and 19 are called teenagers in the United States. Children of this age who are able to study in the United States usually have money at home. Money is easy to be "willful" and lawless. In China, it may be possible to get away with it; but in the United States, it will surely cause major issues. The recent case of Chinese students kidnapping and torturing female classmates is a case that shocked the United States.

What are the small things in China but the big things in the United States? For Chinese primary school students, at least the following must be kept in mind.

First, you must not make any threats. In China, young people can come out casually, be careful I clean you up! Be careful I beat you! Be careful I did you! Be careful to burn your home! and many more. In 2010, Di Tiantian, who was studying in New Jersey, was arrested and imprisoned because the school believed that he was making horrible remarks of "burning the teaching building". In the United States, one cannot speak angry. According to New Jersey law, if convicted after trial, the maximum fine is $7 and imprisonment for 5 to 3 years. After four months of imprisonment, Di Tiantian finally left the United States and returned home with the right to "automatically leave the country."

Second, don't bully or tease people. Li Tianyi, known as the "Little Overlord of Haidian", was sent by his parents to study in a famous private ice hockey school in the United States. In American schools, the bully remained domineering. Soon, because of fighting and bullying his classmates, he was expelled from the school and had to return to his country.

In addition, there is also a punishment for group teasing. In American schools, students can form their own organizations. Some organizations have rules for membership that new members must accept certain physical or mental punishments before they can join. This is called "hazing," which is similar to a prank. This kind of teasing punishment is illegal. Students of this group may be involved in criminal cases.

Third, illegal copying. Teenagers like to listen to music and watch movies. In China, after downloading it for self-entertainment, it seems that no one reported. In the United States, it is absolutely illegal. According to US law, the penalty for illegal copying is "five years in federal prison and a fine of $5."

Fourth, plagiarism. Some celebrities in China are not ashamed of plagiarism. Yu Zheng said, "As long as plagiarism does not exceed 20%, for example, if you copy all 20 episodes but expand to 100 episodes, the court will not pursue it." It is "reasonable." According to this bizarre theory, if a thief comes to Yuzheng’s house and steals 20% of his property, the court will not pursue it? In the United States, as long as it is plagiarism, no matter how much space it takes, it is illegal. According to US law, most plagiarism is a misdemeanor, with fines ranging from US$1 to US$5 and can be sentenced to one year. According to some state and federal laws, plagiarism can also be regarded as a felony, with fines of up to $25 and up to 10 years in prison. Students who plagiarize their homework will count as zero points and may be expelled from school.

Fifth, drinking and smoking are prohibited. There is an age limit, and most states are 21 years old. Before the age of 21, drinking and smoking are strictly prohibited, not even beer. Therefore, the bar cannot be visited either. In the United States, to buy alcohol and cigarettes into bars, you must look at your driver’s license to determine whether you meet the legal age requirement. If you get a "older" document, there is one more charge: forging documents. In this regard, the penalties vary from state to state. In Oregon, you can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison and fined $12.

Decades ago, Mao Zedong called for "going to the mountains and going to the countryside", thinking that young people should go to the countryside to receive re-education from poor and lower middle peasants. Now that "willful" children are sent to the United States by their parents, they might as well be re-educated in the US legal system. So, if you go to the country to follow the law and reshape yourself, it is worth spending a huge amount of money. (See "American Livelihood Record" by Peking University Press)

Article reprinted from Netease blog


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