Becoming an Intercultural Doctoral Student

Negotiating Cultural Dichotomies

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https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i1.1272

Keywords:

concentric storying, intercultural competence, intercultural learning experience, international doctoral students, self-reflexivity

Abstract

International students experience both challenges and possibilities when they situate themselves in new sociocultural environments. The process of intercultural learning affects their self-formation and construction of their multiple identities. This self-reflective paper examines my experience as an international doctoral student transitioning from a Vietnamese cultural background to Canadian culture. By using concentric storying to deconstruct my journal entries, I found recurrent themes of conflicts and tensions emerging through different dialectical processes in my journey of becoming an intercultural doctoral student. My intercultural learning exposed my vulnerable self while I searched for my core values and beliefs. This journey has brought profound changes in making meaning of my adventure in transnational space. My story may shed light on the understanding of life in transition and provide direction for other international doctoral students seeking to enhance their intercultural competence in a similar educational landscape.

Author Biography

Tram Anh Bui, HUFLIT, Vietnam; Brock University, Canada

TRAM ANH BUI is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Studies at Brock University, Canada and a lecturer at Ho Chi Minh city University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology (HUFLIT), Vietnam. Her major research interests lie in the area of student mobility, international student leadership, intercultural competence, EFL teacher education, and mindfulness in qualitative inquiry

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2021-02-23

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Bui, T. A. (2021). Becoming an Intercultural Doctoral Student: Negotiating Cultural Dichotomies. Journal of International Students, 11(1), 257–265. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i1.1272

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