ERIC Number: ED245562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Indochinese Cross-Cultural Adjustment and Communication.
Nguyen, Liem Dang
Information is given about the cultural and religious background of Indochinese refugees arriving in the United States since 1975, to be used as a basis for promoting cross-cultural adjustment and communication with and in this group. The Indochinese exodus since 1975 is briefly described, focusing on the journey undertaken and the spread of refugees around the world. Common Indochinese traditions are outlined, including family life and behaviors, interpersonal expectations, and communication styles. An examination of common Indochinese psycho-religious forces looks at popular beliefs and the cult of the ancestors, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. A section on cross-cultural adjustment looks at common problems, among them relationships within communities and families, relationships with other groups, organizational participation, and the minimal use of mass media for communication. Adjustment in and among age groups is discussed for the elderly, adults, and children, and recommendations are made for supporting each group. General recommendations are also made for supporting social cohesiveness and cross-cultural harmony for Indochinese refugees, covering bilingual-bicultural education, English language training, cultural orientation, family ties, counseling, community networks, cultural orientation training for service agencies, and cross-cultural communication. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Houston, TX, March 6-11, 1984).