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ERIC Number: ED408635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Dimensions of Difficulties Mainland Chinese Students Encounter in the United States.
Sun, Wei; Chen, Guo-Ming
A study examined the difficulties Mainland Chinese students encountered in the process of adjusting to American culture. Subjects were 10 Mainland Chinese students enrolling in a mid-size public university, 8 females and 2 males. The length of time in America was from 10 months to 3 years, the average age was 27.9, and 6 were married. In-depth interviews were conducted and information was collected using a questionnaire containing 13 open-ended questions focusing on significant events during subjects' cultural adaptation. From the recurring themes of answers, results indicated that 3 dimensions of difficulties subjects encountered were: lack of language proficiency; a deficiency in cultural awareness; and academic achievements. Findings suggest that, for the latter, differences in Chinese teaching and learning styles, with which they were accustomed, and American ones produced difficulties. Also the lack of experience in handling the American University environment was a problem. Suggestions for future research include finding the relationship between these 3 dimensions and examining the strategies Mainland Chinese students use to cope with problems in intercultural adjustment. (Contains 29 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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