Chinese International Students’ Stressors and Coping by Kun Yan

By Kun Yan

This booklet explores how chinese language scholars out of the country may possibly endure tension, and the way they conceptualize and adapt to emphasize within the American larger schooling atmosphere. to take action, it adopts a combined equipment layout: the sequential explanatory layout, that is characterised by way of the gathering and research of quantitative information by way of the gathering and research of qualitative info. so far, no empirical examine has targeted completely upon figuring out the strain and coping tactics of chinese language scholars within the usa. This booklet addresses that hole, enriching the physique of literature on foreign scholars’ variation method in overseas countries.

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In a comparative study, Perkins (1977) found the peculiar problems for Chinese international students are English proficiency and dealing with racial or religious discrimination, homesickness, separation from family in the home country, and unfriendliness of people from the community, which hinder their adjustment to American culture. Yao (1983) found that in general Chinese students had problems in many areas, including financial difficulties, adjustment to language, schooling, lifestyle, value system, limited career choices and employment prospects because of their language © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

Based on mutual trust, I attained the good rapport with interviewees during the interviews. All interviews were conducted on or around the campus. In order to accommodate each subject, the interview took place at the subject’s choices of location around the campus, such as the library or dorm. Interviews averaged 1 h in length. They were tape-recorded and then the tapes were transcribed. For three participants who felt uncomfortable being tape-recorded, the interviews were recorded in notebooks by the researcher.

Results showed that the sample is representative of mainland Chinese student population at ASU in basic characteristics such as gender and field of study. Sixty-seven percent of the respondents were studying mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, or other technically oriented subjects; about 53% of the respondents were male. A summary of demographic data will be provided in Chap. 5. Analysis of Survey Data Students’ stressors, coping, and help-seeking behaviors will be described by mean and standard deviation.

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