ERIC Number: ED311780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
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Asian Students in North American Universities: Implications for Faculty and Staff.
Smith, Pheny Shang-Fen Zhou; Smith, Harold A.
When Asian students decide to study in North American colleges or universities, they expect to experience differences in the new environment, but the actual experiences often cause conflict at such basic levels of life and study that the students need assistance from Canadian or United States faculty or staff in order to achieve the original educational goals. Some of the causes of educational, as well as personal, conflict that Asian students experience in North American colleges and universities are discussed, including: the reluctance of Asians to utilize counseling services, and their relative lack of knowledge about such services; a lack of understanding of the concept of mental health; counselors' lack of knowledge of other cultures; and differing expectations about counseling. Some strategies useful in advising or counseling Asian students are discussed, including: helping the student to understand the nature of culture; paying special attention to the client's cultural values and specific way of approaching problems; and taking a more active role in the process than with Caucasian clients. Implications of the increasing number of foreign students are also discussed. Contains 21 references. (KM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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