Culture Shock Experiences: A Case Study of a Canadian in Vietnam
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- culture shock; aspects of adjustments; factors determining severity; strategies; qualitative research
Culture shock has always been an important issue. Previous studies on the cultural adaptation process have only focused on the general nature of culture shock. Yet, little attention has been drawn to how expatriates from English-speaking countries have undergone culture shock in Vietnam. This paper presents a case study of a native Canadian who had settled in Vietnam for 11 years (up to the time of the study). The study aimed to investigate the aspects of the participant’s cultural experience, the factors determining its severity, and the strategies to facilitate the adaptation process. The research involved a case study approach using a semi-structured interview as a main data collection instrument. The findings reveal that (1) five aspects of culture shock were learning the Vietnamese language, joining a close community, detecting smells, using transportation, and observing local behaviors; (2) the factors determining the intensity levels of culture shock included language barriers, communities, personality traits and different regions in Vietnam, while previous overseas experiences had less impact; and (3) to overcome the culture shock, the participant learned the Vietnamese language, made friends with the locals, remained disciplined and kept himself occupied. The findings of this cultural phenomenon could provide helpful insights to English teachers and students interested in language and culture studies.
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TY - CONF AU - Ngoc Gia Han Nguyen AU - Thi Hong Van Le PY - 2023 DA - 2023/04/28 TI - Culture Shock Experiences: A Case Study of a Canadian in Vietnam BT - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the Asia Association of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (AsiaCALL 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 336 EP - 350 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-38476-042-8_27 DO - 10.2991/978-2-38476-042-8_27 ID - Nguyen2023 ER -