“They Make No Contribution!” versus “We Should Make Friends with Them!”—American Domestic Students’ Perception of Chinese International Students’ Reticence and Face

  • Yi Zhu Michigan State University, United States
  • Mary Bresnahan Michigan State University, United States

Abstract

This project examined both quantitative and qualitative data about how American domestic undergraduates perceived Chinese international students’ (CISs) reticence and face concerns. A quasi-experimental design about American students’ ratings of a fictional CIS described in scenarios demonstrated that the reticent CIS was rated as more typical, less likable, and less socially-approved. A thematic analysis of American students’ impression about CISs suggested: 1) some Americans stigmatized CISs due to their poor English and reticence in classroom; 2) others were more open-minded to approach CISs’ reticence with intercultural communication competence by taking CISs’ perspective. The findings indicated: the stereotype that typical CISs are reticent leads to Americans’ negative evaluations of CISs; while perspective-taking skills resulted in better intercultural-communication experience.

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Author Biographies

Yi Zhu, Michigan State University, United States

YI ZHU, M.A. (Corresponding Author) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University and his research focuses on intercultural and stigma communication. 

Mary Bresnahan, Michigan State University, United States

MARY BRESNAHAN, Ph.D. is a full Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University and her research focuses on intercultural, stigma, and health communication. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Zhu, Y., & Bresnahan, M. (2018). “They Make No Contribution!” versus “We Should Make Friends with Them!”—American Domestic Students’ Perception of Chinese International Students’ Reticence and Face. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1614–1635. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i4.221
Section
Research Articles