Student Minds

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 23, 2017

International students discussed the differences between their native countries and life in America, including many different cultural changes they go through.

"American people make more eye contact," Junil Kim, junior, said.

Kim said in Korea, if they look at someone for a long period of time, they wonder why the other person is staring at them.

Kim said when he and other Korean students walk around, they try not to make too much eye contact, because they don’t really know how to say hello.

"[Making eye contact] is a remarkable characteristic," Kim said.

Many Americans don’t brush their teeth in public bathrooms, which is unusual to Koreans. Kim said they brush their teeth in public bathrooms.

"This is another different culture change," Kim said.

"In Korea, we know each other very well because we have a lot of events to go to, like camping," Kim said. "It is a community culture."

America has a very independent culture. In Korea, they have multiple events where they can get to know each other and there isn’t much of that here, Kim said.

"At first, I was shocked," Kim said.

Junior Hyorim Lee said the biggest difference in general is that people in Korea care about what others think.

"They always dress up to look nice, but here in the states, people wear whatever they want," Lee said.

Korean students tend to not talk to their professors that much.

"But here, students can visit professors if they need any help or for whatever reasons," Lee said.

Koreans enjoy being around other people but, "we don’t hang out with older people that often because we have to have manners all the time and be polite to them," Lee said.

Lee has been at ASU for two years and sees many international students who have a difficult time in the states.

"It is not only because of the language barrier but I believe there is a big cultural difference," Lee said.

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