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ERIC Number: ED406704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Chinese Students and Scholars in the U.S.: An Intercultural Adaptation Process.
Zhong, Mei
An ethnographic study examined the culture of the Chinese students and scholars in America with a specific focus on their experiences in the cultural adaptation process. Subjects were three Chinese nationals (one female and two males) living in the area of a large midwestern university. Subjects were interviewed for about an hour each, with questions based on elements appearing in adaptation models from Y. Y. Kim (between the years of 1977 and 1988) regarding intercultural adaptation of immigrants. The analysis focused on issues such as the most important factor in the adaptation process, most significant experiences (positive or negative), the effect of mass media as compared to actual interpersonal interactions in the process, realization of differences and similarities in the two cultures, and suggestions they can offer for newcomer students. They were also asked to rate how well they think they have adapted. Results indicated that all three interviewees appeared very positive about their experiences in America. College students must pass highly competitive exams in the English language as well as in their respective academic areas, and they also have high regard and very positive attitudes toward America. Findings suggest that many do not intend to return to China in the near future, so they are highly motivated to become acculturated in this country. This factor, along with their intellectual preparedness contributes most to their cultural adaptation. (Contains 18 references; 3 tables of data are appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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