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ERIC Number: ED329833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-20
Pages: 17
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The Adaptation of Students from the People's Republic of China to an American Academic Culture.
Feng, Jianhua
International education continues as a tradition and practice inherited from ancient times. However, it poses many challenges and unresolved problems that are reflected in the concerns of individual students, their host countries, and educational institutions. The present study examined the nature of Chinese students' adaptation to U.S. culture so that student organizations and student service professionals may become more sensitive to and conscious of their needs. The study was conducted at a southern university with an approximate enrollment of 22,000 students, of whom 52 students were from the People's Republic of China. Data were gathered primarily through participant observation, unstructured interviews, and semistructured interviews. Four Chinese students and one international student advisor (U.S.) were selected as key informants for the study. Four principal areas concerning Chinese students' adaptation and adjustment were identified: (1) financial difficulty; (2) cultural differences; (3) academic concerns; and (4) language ability. To help international students adapt smoothly to U.S. culture, and universities in particular, university personnel and international student service professionals must realize that international students have common adaptation problems and they also have problems peculiar to their own cultural groups. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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