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ERIC Number: EJ1072646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
International Students' Culture Learning and Cultural Adaptation in China
An, Ran; Chiang, Shiao-Yun
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v36 n7 p661-676 2015
This article examines international students' cultural adaptation at a major national university in China. A survey was designed to measure international students' adaptation to the Chinese sociocultural and educational environments in terms of five dimensions: (1) cultural empathy, (2) open-mindedness, (3) emotional stability, (4) social flexibility and (5) language proficiency. International students (n = 330) from 57 countries participated in the survey. The findings here support the existing proposition that the first year is the critical period for cultural adaptation as there are significant changes in some adaptation indicators (especially emotional stability) over the first year and thereafter changes in these indicators became less and less significant. The present study discusses the adequacy of existing theories in explaining these results and their implications for international students' adaptation as a culture-specific experience in China.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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