IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(5): 292-298 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.837

Influence of Home Culture Ideology on Chinese, Korean and Japanese Student’s Cultural Adaptation to the U.S.

Anya Hommadova Lu
Abstract—This paper explores the influence of cultural values that underline the foundations of Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies, the differences between them, and how they affect the experiences of East Asian students in the U.S. There is a gap in the literature on how these differences are affecting East Asian students’ adaptation processes to foreign cultures, and a gap in comparison studies that often ignore germane cultural differences when lumping together the Japanese, Chinese, Korean and even Indian in a singular category of “Asian”. This research looks into the concept of differences between East Asian countries, their belief systems that shape the perception of modern East Asian youth, and how it affects their experiences. One year of fieldwork was undertaken in the semi-rural U.S. where data was collected through observations, interviews, and surveys of 38 East Asian students. Cultural differences in social interactions are explored from a socio-cultural perspective, identifying possible cultural ideologies of home countries that influence the students’ adaptation and integration into the U.S. Theoretical framework of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory is applied, and practical implications are discussed.

Index Terms—East Asia, cultural adaptation, cultural differences, intercultural communication.

Anya Hommadova Lu is with the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan (e-mail: anutah@gmail.com).

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Cite: Anya Hommadova Lu, "Influence of Home Culture Ideology on Chinese, Korean and Japanese Student’s Cultural Adaptation to the U.S.," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 292-298, 2017.

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