8    The influence of cultural andlinguistic backgrounds on thesocial and academic adjustment ofstudents at an ethnic minorityuniversity in China

Mei Wu, Jerry Tuchscherer, and Forrest W. Parkay

Background

This research explores the extent to which cultural and linguistic background influences minority students’ social and academic adjustment at the university level. Specifically, the research examined personal and collective self-esteem, collegiate psychological sense of community, and social and academic adjustment of four types of students, grouped according to self-reported ethnic and Chinese language ability and knowledge of their language and culture.

Though the concepts of self-esteem and self-identity were developed in the West, they ...

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