Facilitating Recovery through Building an Interconnected Community: From Awareness to Action


  • Kyunghee Ma University of South Carolina




Asian international students, mental health, cross-cultural adjustment, community building


This article describes stress that many Asian international students experience during their adjustment to U.S. universities. Reflecting on personal experiences that contributed to deeper self-understanding, I explain cultural incompatibilities that cause this stress, the negative impact that the stress has on mental health, and the lack of support systems that exacerbate mental health complications. In highlighting the prioritization of the mental health in Asian international students and initiating community outreach programs, I demonstrate that when Asian international students participate in creating an interconnected community, they have the potential to thrive despite the stressful adjustment period.

Author Biography

Kyunghee Ma, University of South Carolina

Kyunghee Ma, PhD, is an independent researcher and community mental health advocate. Her research interests lie in the area of mental health, multiculturalism, and spirituality in higher education. Email: kyunghee@email.sc.edu


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How to Cite

Ma, K. (2021). Facilitating Recovery through Building an Interconnected Community: From Awareness to Action. Journal of International Students, 11(4), 995–1002. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i4.3303



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