Crosscultural transitions in a bilingual context: The interplays between bilingual, individual and interpersonal factors and adaptation

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Abstract

As a regional hub for education, Hong Kong has seen a growing population of international students. In contrast to existing conceptual models in acculturation literature that are typically devoted to studying long-term settlers such as migrants or refugees in English speaking countries, this study develops and tests a fine-grained model for degree-seeking mobile students in East Asia. A mixed-method study was conducted: a survey of 619 international students across six Hong Kong universities and focus group interviews with 22 Asian and nine non-Asian students. Bilingual competences were found to play significant roles in predicting sociocultural adaptation together with academic efficacy, social support, contact with locals, and psychological adaptation. This study offers practical and managerial insights for educational policymakers, university senior management and administrations, academicians, and research communities on how to manage the expansion and accommodate the needs of international students so that we can cater for a culturally diverse body of students. This research is significant because it extends the literature by examining sociocultural adjustment during crosscultural transitions in the increasingly globalised context of Hong Kong. Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Early online dateJun 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2019

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Citation

Yu, B., Vyas, L., & Wright, E. (2019). Crosscultural transitions in a bilingual context: The interplays between bilingual, individual and interpersonal factors and adaptation. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01434632.2019.1623224

Keywords

  • Bilingual competences
  • Academic self-efficacy
  • Social support
  • Contact with local students
  • Discrimination
  • Psychological adaptation
  • Sociocultural adaptation and international students