Ethnic visibility and preferred acculturation orientations of international students

Tan, Su-Ann and Liu, Shuang (2014) Ethnic visibility and preferred acculturation orientations of international students. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 39 1: 183-187. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.08.011

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Author Tan, Su-Ann
Liu, Shuang
Title Ethnic visibility and preferred acculturation orientations of international students
Journal name International Journal of Intercultural Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0147-1767
1873-7552
Publication date 2014-03-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.08.011
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 183
End page 187
Total pages 5
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract The literature on acculturation research is large; however, very few studies distinguish between ethnically visible and non-visible sojourners when examining acculturation orientations. We have limited knowledge of whether ethnic visibility impacts the path of acculturation or whether the acculturation experience is similar for both groups. This paper examines the relationship among ethnic visibility, perceived cultural distance, expected discrimination and preferred acculturation orientations. Data were collected from a survey of 221 international students at a large Australian university. Results revealed a significant effect of ethnic visibility on acculturation orientations. Ethnically visible students score lower on host culture orientation and higher on heritage culture orientation compared to non-visible students. Furthermore, for ethnically visible students, host culture orientation is significantly negatively related to expected discrimination, independent of perceived cultural distance. The findings show that it is discrimination rather than cultural distance that shapes acculturation orientations, particularly for ethnically visible students.
Keyword Acculturation orientations
Ethnic visibility
International students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 26 September 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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