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Title:Self-Segregation, A Way to Preserve Culture Identity?
Author(s):Liu, Tianyi
cultural identity
Spring 2010
RHET 105
Abstract:The issue here is whether international students are living in a way of self-segregation and whether this way of living helps those to keep attached to their original culture. I interviewed an Asian American and an Asian international student to find how they live in white society, around the self-segregation topic. Moreover, I surveyed 60 international Asian students plus Asian American students to discover how many of them are living in a way of self-segregation and how this living style affects them. The result turned out to be that considerable international students are living in this self-segregated way, especially those students who are deeply attached to their original culture. So we conclude that selfsegregation, in some terms, contributes to the preservation of culture identity.
Issue Date:2010
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 105 was designed to help students develop their reading, writing, and research skills and lay a foundation for the rest of their University career. This course gave students practice in: critically reading and analyzing texts, forming arguments, gathering and evaluating research, synthesizing multiple sources, conducting qualitative research, and composing (inventing, drafting, revising). This section of Rhet. 105 was centered on the theme of “Race and the University.” Our course was part of UIUC’s Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI)—a cross-campus initiative that supports undergraduate research about the university experience and encourages the archiving of this research. The assignments and discussions asked students to explore their own experience as a UIUC student and consider issues of race in higher education. Students conducted their own qualitative research through observations, interviews, and surveys.
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-21

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