ERIC Number: ED339675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Culture Clash. Second Edition.
This monograph provides a first-hand account of the experience of a U.S. family who sponsored a Vietnamese refugee family from 1975-1979. The book, which is comprised of journal entries, proposes to show what it is like to deal with people from an entirely difference culture and to suggest an approach to handling the problems before the refugee/sponsor relationship breaks down. One of the main themes of the book is that the sponsors' and refugees' expectations of one another often proved to be wildly misconceived and unrealistic. Learning to overcome these expectations was a most difficult task for all of the concerned parties. Major conflicts occur that lead to a series of critical questions. What differences exist in basic value systems? What is the right balance between charity and self-sufficiency for refugees? How can old and new cultures be integrated within the refugee family? And what are the welfare and financial considerations in refugee sponsorship? (DB)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Cultural Interrelationships, Culture Conflict, Culture Contact, Ethnic Relations, Foreign Culture, Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Programs, Refugees, Social Integration
Intercultural Press, P.O. Box 700, Yarmouth, ME 04096 ($10.95, plus $1.50 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sponsors; Vietnam