The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore the role that domestic and international students play in the identity development of sojourners. Many colleges and universities throughout the United States have a significant presence of international students on their campuses and future projections indicate that this number will only rise. The majority of sojourners come to the United States from East Asian nations; therefore, the lack of information about the development of these students merited further investigation. Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with East Asian undergraduate international students at a private art college in Southern California. The findings from the study identified the different roles that domestic and international students play and how these various groups of peers influence the sojourners development. Peers challenged the international students' self-concept, these experiences were internalized, and influenced the students to develop a greater sense of self. In most cases, students integrated parts of the U.S. culture as they saw fit and, over time, appeared likely to develop bi-cultural identities.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Asian Studies, Higher education|
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