The Japanese international student population in the United States has maintained a steady increase for a decade. This increase in the Japanese student population has implications for adjustment for Japanese females who come from different cultural backgrounds in terms of politics, identities, societies, organization, and language. Because they crossed the border out of Japan and crossed the border into the United States, we termed them “border crossers.” This research sought to examine experiences Japanese female graduate students face in on- and off-campus settings while adjusting to speaking English and socializing with peers in a university in the Midwest of the United States. The study adopted two theories. The first is organization theory which states that groups have distinguished characteristics that shape how they behave. In this study, two distinctive groups—Japanese, who come from more of a collectivist society, and U.S. citizens who come from a culture that tends to be more individualistic—are interrogated to see how they interplay with our respondents. The second theoretical framework is social identity theory, which focuses on how people explore the individual-based perception of what defines the “us” associated with any internalized group membership. Nine Japanese female border crossers attending a U.S. university were purposively sampled for the study. This study was a case study aimed at critically examining social reality through in-depth interviews and analysis. The results, among others, revealed that participants had problems dealing with intercultural friendship and self-esteem, citing conflicts dealing with domestic students as well as members of the public. The conflicting demands of the two cultures take their toll on the social identity development of the Japanese border crossers. Awareness creation in U.S. communities, supporting psychosocial services, and related pre- departure preparations for would-be border crossers are some suggested, among others.
|Keywords:||Social Adjustment, Border Crossers, Identity Crisis, Self-esteem|
Doctoral Student, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Educational Studies, Ohio Univeristy, Athens, Ohio, USA
Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies in Education, Department of Educational Studies, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA
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