ERIC Number: ED247158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Two First-Person Accounts of Intercultural Experiences: But I Am Danish (?) and "A-doka." Occasional Papers in Intercultural Learning No. 6.
Gehl, Julie; Karl, Rebecca
These nonfiction, first-hand accounts of the experiences of two young women sojourning in foreign countries offer insights into the cultural adjustments, problems, and rewards foreign exchange students may encounter. A Danish woman recounts her difficulty in readjusting to her home country following a year in Kenya, emphasizing the cultural and emotional conflict she felt in relearning her native country's customs concerning student-teacher relationships, parent-child interaction, and public displays of affection. Problems and challenges encountered as a member of a white minority in a black nation are also discussed. An American woman reminisces about the difficulties she encountered when she visited the home of her Taiwanese boyfriend for the New Year, an important traditional Taiwanese holiday. Efforts to learn foreign language and customs, to be accepted by the people of a provincial village, and to deal with ridicule and constant surveillance are among the issues discussed. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Denmark; Kenya; Taiwan