ERIC Number: ED269514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-17
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The Extrinsic Cultural Traits of Chinese Immigrants as Compared with Chinese in Taiwan and Other Non-Chinese in the U.S.A.
Yao, Esther Lee
This paper reports on a study whose purpose was to examine the speed of changing extrinsic cultural traits of Chinese immigrants in the United States and to determine cultural commonality among the groups. Three groups were selected for the study: 150 recent Chinese immigrants, 209 non-Chinese Americans, and 95 prospective Chinese immigrants from Taiwan. An attitude inventory scale was used to measure the sample's extrinsic cultural traits in four major areas: social interaction, English proficiency, American life-style, and future prospectives. It was found that extrinsic cultural traits of Chinese immigrants are significantly different from those of the other two groups. Statistical analysis indicated that Chinese immigrants are not significantly different from prospective Chinese immigrants in the way they assess their social interaction with the core society and lifestyle in the United States. It was also found that prospective Chinese immigrants were very enthusiastic about the prospect of living in the United States. The only cultural commonalilty found to be shared by all three groups was an interest in the availability to desirable clothing styles. (CG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross Cultural Research (Boulder, CO, February 17, 1986).