Unsilencing the Migratory Grief of International Students



migratory grief, family, well-being, international students


This reflective essay explores the experience of international students’ migratory grief. Through a personal narrative, it describes the tendency among Asian international students to withhold help-seeking and transnational challenges that further complicate the grieving process among international students. Anticipating its relevance with the campus reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, the article highlights the need for higher education institutions to foster an evidence-based and culturally-informed grief support.

Author Biography

Asuka Ichikawa, Boston College

ASUKA ICHIKAWA is a Ph.D. Student in the Higher Education Program at Boston College. Her major research interests lie in the area of global student migration, transnational identity, and well-being of international students. Email: asuka.ichikawa@bc.edu



How to Cite

Ichikawa, A. (2021). Unsilencing the Migratory Grief of International Students. Journal of International Students, 11(4). Retrieved from https://ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/3032



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