Shared Experiences and Resilience of Cultural Heritage: Chinese Students’ Social Interaction with Non-Host-Nationals in the United States


  • Yang Liu Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Yue Dong The University of Oklahoma



acculturation, Chinese international students, cultural heritage, shared experiences


Compared to the role of communication with host nationals in promoting migrating individuals’ acculturation, their interaction with non-host-nationals has not received enough attention due to the notion of dualism. The theorization of acculturation underscored by dualism has been challenged by a holistic viewpoint which considers acculturation as an additive and integrative process. Attending to the disparities of two theoretical perspectives, this study examined Chinese students’ acculturation in the United States (the U.S.). The research findings revealed that the shared experiences among Chinese students and the resilience of their cultural heritage made their communication with non-host-nationals necessary. Therefore, a more diverse environment is suggested to be created by American universities and colleges to enable the social support among international students.

Author Biographies

Yang Liu, Beijing Foreign Studies University

YANG LIU, Ph.D., is  Assistant Professor in the School of English and International Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.

Yue Dong, The University of Oklahoma

YUE DONG, Ph.D. candidate, is ABD in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.


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How to Cite

Liu, Y., & Dong, Y. (2019). Shared Experiences and Resilience of Cultural Heritage: Chinese Students’ Social Interaction with Non-Host-Nationals in the United States. Journal of International Students, 9(1), 111–128.