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JAER > Volume 5, Number 1, February 2020

Acculturation Strategies of Chinese University Students in the United States

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DOI: 10.22606/jaer.2020.51002

Author(s)
Xinying Xing, Michael Popp, Heather Price
Affiliation(s)
School of Western Studies, Heilongjiang University, China
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Arkansas, USA
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Arkansas, USA
Abstract
Acculturation strategy choices of Chinese students in the U.S. were analyzed in relation to demographic and intercultural contact factors to assess their impact on social adaptation and selfreported anxiety and depression. Integration and marginalization were the most and least common acculturation strategies, respectively. Demographic variables had no statistically significant impact. Rank ordered multinomial logit analysis showed language proficiency and instrumental motivation to learn the language as well as association with U.S. and Chinese cultures to play a significant role. This empirical evidence can help Chinese students with social adaptation, anxiety and depression in the U.S. by providing guidance on how to match students to university programs.
Keywords
Acculturation strategy, language proficiency, cultural identity, psychosocial adjustment
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