Culture Clash In America Summary

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In the article “Culture clash in Iowa: The town where bubble tea shops outnumber Starbucks” by Wayne Drash, he thinks that Iowa City and the universities have been affected by the dramatic rise in international students, especially Chinese students. The increasing number of bubble tea shops is just a small issue in the city but indicate a more important thing that has both positive and negative aspects related to how the institutions and colleges deal with them. I think international students’ issues should be taken seriously and some people’s attitude to Chinese students should be changed. In this article, Drash begins with the increasing bubble tea shops and the expensive cars driving along the street to demonstrate the increasing number…show more content…
Like the students in the article I used to have this feeling as well. I was unconfident in communicating with Americans at the beginning because I didn’t want to embarrass myself with my poor English. I just want to stay with Chinese friends because that is the environment I was used. It was a hard time for me. I wish to practice my English and make friends with local people, but I am also worried that they probably don’t like international students. I am afraid to not be accepted by them and this new environment. As the Chinese student who interviewed says, “international students really deserve to be accepted on campus.” I can feel the sympathy of this. Then the article gives the solution how colleges solve these problems; that is, another interview as an example from a Chinese student about the international buddy program. I remember my buddy when I am in Australia’s high school, it is a good plan for me and my buddy because we are not only helping each other study, but also the buddy helps me to know more about local people and culture. Similarly, in Drash’s article, the students who participate in this program think it is “invaluable”. At the end, “How many will join them?” leave us with a great question that suggests when American students truly try to accept and join international students; the situation for international
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