Brief Report: Interpersonal Conflicts between Chinese and Taiwanese International Students
Kin Cheung (George) Lee, Shi Ying (Valerie) Chen

This qualitative study aimed to examine whether the political tensions between China and Taiwan impact interpersonal relationships between Chinese and Taiwanese international students (ISs). A sample of 10 Chinese ISs and 10 Taiwanese ISs was recruited. The researchers conducted in-depth interviews with each student to collect information on their perceptions of interpersonal conflicts. Our results revealed that the political conflict between China and Taiwan appears to create conflicts between Chinese ISs and Taiwanese ISs regardless of their similarities of cultural background. In particular, most of the students have experienced subtle contentions regarding Taiwan’s political status. Limitations and recommendations for educators are discussed. To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine interpersonal relationships between Chinese and Taiwanese ISs.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jpbs.v3n2a7