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Title: 
Exploring the complex and non-linear evolution of Chinese international students’ experiences in USA colleges
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Chinese
international students
stage theory
adjustment
longitudinal
Issue Date: 
2018
Citation: 
Heng, T. T. (2018). Exploring the complex and non-linear evolution of Chinese international students’ experiences in USA colleges. Higher Education Research and Development, 37(6), 1141-1155. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2018.1474184
Abstract: 
This article contests the narrative of Chinese international students (internationals for short) as passive and problematic to reveal the complexity and fluidity of their experiences. Simultaneously, it troubles the overly linear approach of stage theory in understanding internationals’ adjustment. Following nine first- and nine second-year students in USA colleges over a year and involving them in semi-structured interviews and journal prompts, this research examined how they evolved. Findings show that while participants grew on academic and personal fronts, their experiences remained multi-dimensional, with second years being less sanguine and reporting challenges different from first years’. This article argues that seeing Chinese internationals’ evolution as an uneven ascent affords a more nuanced understanding compared to a U-shape stage theory as it recognizes that while internationals are evolving, new situations provide challenges which they learn to overcome. Consequently, Chinese internationals’ growth troubles the deficit discourse around them and departs from pre-existing research around postgraduates. Findings spell implications for how the college community should enhance transcultural understanding and how future research around internationals could develop.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Higher Education Research and Development. The published version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2018.1474184
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10.1080/07294360.2018.1474184
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