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Coronavirus crushes overseas dreams of Asian students

Stranded youngsters face delayed graduations, fewer jobs

Iris Hsu stands on a bridge in Paris on a visit last year. The 23-year-old student from Taiwan dreams of working in a Milanese fashion house but is having to take classes online from an Italian university from her home in Taipei. (Photo provided by Iris Hsu)

TAIPEI/HONG KONG -- Iris Hsu is only 23, but she is clear about what she wants to do with her life. The marketing student from Taipei dreams of working in a Milanese fashion house, and she hopes COVID-19 is not going to stop her.

Hsu has to stay up late each night for online classes after a travel ban prevented her from returning to her studies in Italy, where she is in the final semester of a graduate program in fashion and luxury brand marketing. But her future remains clouded by the pandemic.

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