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On the Way Home － Overseas Taiwanese Students’ Cross-cultural Adjustment and Re-adjustment Process
Students Overseas;Culture Shock;Reverse Shock;Cross-cultural Adjustment
|Issue Date: ||2020-03-30 11:08:00 (UTC+8)|
According to statistics from the International and Cross-Strait Education Department of the Ministry of Education in 2019, the number of students studying abroad in Taiwan in that year was 7,1221. Recent studies are concerned with culture shock and adjustment issues of students overseas, but rarely mentions the impact of students overseas after they return to their home country. Therefore, this study highlights the influence of reverse culture shock and intercultural experience on students as they return to Taiwan after studies.
This is a qualitative research study involving 4 participants (2 males and 2 females with age ranging between 25 to 32). All participants have studied abroad for more than two years and returned to Taiwan for more than (including) a year. The researcher conducted semi-structured individual interviews, and every participant was interviewed twice, for 60~90 mins each. Thematic Analysis through multicultural perspectives was used to for data analysis to discuss the influence of reverse culture shock and intercultural experiences on students overseas.
The results of this study indicated: (1) Students overseas experienced adjustment issues including: language barrier, different education system and interaction, different local culture, exclusion and bullying by locals; (2) When students overseas returned to Taiwan, they experienced changes in interpersonal interactions, differences in values, and changes in their relationships with their families; (3) In their intercultural experience, students overseas acquired more flexible and diversified perspectives as well as acceptance of diversity. At the end of the study, the researchers provided suggestions for future research and clinical work based on the results of this study, as well as suggestions for students overseas’ adjustment after returning home.
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