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Title:Language Causes/Affects Asian International Students' Self-segregation
Subject(s):Asian Students
international students
Abstract:My research is to show that language differences are a critical factor to self-segregation for international students. Language is the basic tool for people to communicate and to understand each other. International students each has their own native language, although they are able to speak English, but "home sick" made them gather around with those who are able to speak the common native language. They can express themselves better with native language than with English. Therefore, as international students express their personality, the relationship between them gets closer. Non-Asian students find it hard to mix into these international students since they don't understand the language. Thus, they say these international students self-segregating.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 101, College Writing I: Ethnography of Race and the University, Ligia Mihut: This course is the first semester of a two-semester course sequence designed primarily to help students improve as writers, readers, researchers and critical thinkers. To this end students were encouraged to think analytically, to read critically and participate actively in the ongoing academic discourse presented in texts, images and discussions. This section of Rhetoric 101 centered on a particular theme, Race and the University as a part of the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI). As a Race and the University course, students investigated the way that race defines people, actions, and patterns of thought, and what people make of race and issues of race. Students did this by exploring texts and contexts in the first half, then observed and researched issues particular to our campus in the second half. As an Ethnography of the University (EUI) section, students conducted innovative research and explored issues of race by coming in direct contact with people, places and texts connected or related to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The course syllabus is available at:
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-29

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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