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Journal of International Students, v7 n3 p449-466 2017

The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of Vietnamese international students who have returned to Vietnam after graduation from a U.S. higher education institution. The findings suggest that participants found it harder to readjust to Vietnam than to adjust to the U.S. even though they had lived most of their lives in Vietnam. Time in the U.S. had changed them considerably, making it difficult for them to fit back into their old lives in Vietnam. Most of them did not expect to experience reserve culture shock, and most had made real efforts to fit back into the Vietnamese environment and culture.

Descriptors: Foreign Students, Vietnamese People, Student Adjustment, Adjustment (to Environment), Cultural Capital, Cultural Differences, Interviews, Demography, Employment Opportunities, Attachment Behavior, Interpersonal Relationship, Gender Differences, Separation Anxiety, Foreign Countries, College Graduates

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Author: Le, Anh T.; LaCost, Barbara Y.


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