Cultural Dialogues: Serving Chinese Students at CSU, Chico
From Jeff Layne
CSU, Chico Faculty, Staff, and Chinese Students
Shortly after Dr. Baohui Song, faculty in the CSU, Chico School of Agriculture, came to the U.S. in 2001, he went to Burger King to buy a hamburger. The person waiting on him said they didn’t have “a hamburger” there. After some discussion, the worker said, “Oh, you want a Whopper!” It was just one illustration of the “culture shock” international students often experience. A panel of CSU, Chico Chinese students then discusses some of the experiences they have had since coming to the U.S. The students explain the many differences between the Chinese and American higher education systems, and also how they work to overcome language barriers. As one student notes, “The English we learn in China is not the English used here.” The students also share why they decided to study at Chico State.
Recorded: November 12, 2014