Unfulfilled Expectations: Influence of Chinese International Students’ Roommate Relationships on Sense of Belonging

  • Christina W. Yao University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States
Keywords: Chinese students, international students, roommate relationships, sense of belonging, residence life

Abstract

Findings from this study indicate that more attention must be given to Chinese students’ interpersonal relationships with domestic students, particularly when considering the role of daily cross-cultural interactions in residential living. Participants who wanted American roommates anticipated an easier transition to U.S. culture. However, making meaningful connections with American students proved to be more challenging than anticipated. Participants reported that cultural differences within their residence hall room led to difficulty with communication and social connections.

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Author Biography

Christina W. Yao, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States

CHRISTINA W. YAO, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research addresses graduate and undergraduate student experiences in higher education, international and comparative education, and critical qualitative methods. 

Published
2016-07-01
How to Cite
Yao, C. W. (2016). Unfulfilled Expectations: Influence of Chinese International Students’ Roommate Relationships on Sense of Belonging. Journal of International Students, 6(3), 762-778. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/355
Section
Research Articles