Female Chinese International Students Navigating United States Campuses





Chinese international students, female, self-fashioning, identities


Research on international students' integration into Western campuses tends to find that female international students may experience more difficulty in adjusting to new cultures than their male counterparts (Contreras-Aguirre & Gonzalez, 2017; Manese et al., 1988; Mallinckrodt & Leong, 1992).  Few researchers have delved into what female Chinese international students have to offer. Using a phenomenological study frame and a critical and interpretative lens to conduct detailed interviews, this study explored how a group of Chinese female international students self-fashioned during these experiences navigating the U.S. study. Three major themes emerged in our female Chinese international students’ stories: their “self-fashioning” helps them (1) sophistically navigate the U.S. system better, (2) tactically fit into the new U.S. society, and (3) adaptively create more genuine personal identities. Implications were discussed at the end of this study.

Author Biography

Shadeed Khan, William & Mary

Shadeed Khan is a third-year Doctorate student at William & Mary’s School of Education in the Higher Education Administration program. His previous work experience is in international education as an administrator, and his current research interests include international students and international student success.




How to Cite

Huang, T., & Khan, S. (2024). “Self-Fashioning”: Female Chinese International Students Navigating United States Campuses. Journal of International Students, 14(3), 192–211. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i3.6036



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