Four Chinese students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Chinese enrollment has grown 356% in the last decade, have set out to educate their American peers about themselves. They’ve taken to YouTube to explain the social misunderstandings that block many foreign students—particularly those from Asia—from integrating with the slang-speaking, booze-guzzling Americans.
International students are flocking to US universities in greater numbers, particularly from Asia, but the cultural barriers are as sturdy as ever. Since 2007, the number of Chinese students in the US has grown by around one-fifth or more each year. In the 2011/2012 academic year, 194,029 students from China were enrolled in higher education in the US—an increase of 23% from the year before, according to the Institute of International Education.
But they still have a hard time fitting into American culture, and this “adjustment fatigue” can lead to isolation. A recent report showed that one…
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