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Title:Segregation in International Students
Subject(s):international students
Asian students
RHET104C S08
Abstract:The segregation among international students is based on nation. Similarly, Korean students get along with Korean students, Chinese with Chinese, Indian with Indian. To find why the reasons cause this, I did some researches on it. The four methods are interview, annotated bibliography, observation, and analyzing public text. The major reasons I found out are languages and cultural background, comfort zone, and options. The first one is easy to understand. Comfort zone may refer to that being with the people from the same country make them like being at home. The homesick and loneliness will go away. "Options" is that , when choosing friends , if they have some friends come from the same country, they don't have to find the friends from other countries. With a huge population of international students, finding friends from the same countries seem to be easier here than in small universities. Gather the three reasons together. When speaking English, people could easily differ whether you are native student or not. People could easily judge from you appearance to guess where this person comes from. International students lack to make new friends from different cultures and countries, they are afraid of stepping out because they are afraid of the reaction of other people toward their English. Sometimes they just don’t know how and what to start with that.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhet 104, Ethnography of Race and the University, Instr. Samantha Looker: In this course, students take the writing skills that they built during Rhet 103 and apply them to research, with the ultimate goal of completing an in-depth research project. As part of the EUI-Rhetoric Race and the University Project, this class revolves around how race is represented and lived on university campuses, and specifically on our own campus here at UIUC. Students ground themselves in readings on how race is defined and talked about, and then move on to research related issues on our campus. Students will choose a research question related to race to answer in your final research project. As part of the EUI (Ethnography of the University Initiative), this class gives students the opportunity to create original scholarly research based on your firsthand experience with people, texts, and places on campus. In addition to traditional academic sources, students final research project will include several interviews, observations, surveys, and/or analyses of University texts.
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-09

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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