Rumble In The Dorms


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  • Even though this does not portray conflicts from different cultures it does show what could happen in a new roommate situationFocused on Luther students and their interaction/experiences with roommates from different cultures
  • Rumble In The Dorms

    1. 1. RUMBLE IN THE DORMS: Roommate Culture Clash<br />By; Bailey Erickson and Rousheen Paisley<br />
    2. 2. Video Clips<br /><br />Comments? <br />More Clips<br />
    3. 3. What We Did - Overview<br />Interviewed various international students and their former/current American roommates<br />Analyzed the conflicts that arose in the relationships<br />Offer possible solutions to some of the conflicts that arose<br /><ul><li>What they would have done differently</li></ul>Success Stories<br />
    4. 4. Interviews – Opposing Perspectives<br />American: <br />Trying to be open and inclusive <br />Spending more time with other internationals gave the impression that the roommate was uninterested in establishing a relationship<br />International: <br />Controlling<br />Americans had more in common than the international so in-turn felt left out and spent time with people more like them<br />
    5. 5. Interviews – Opposing Perspectives II<br />American:<br />By talking in different language at “wee” hours of the morning is disrespectful<br />International<br />There is a large time difference. Calls from home are the only time there is fluent speech in your own language. Roommates should be understanding<br />
    6. 6. Cultural Concepts<br />American <br />Low Context – more assertive and direct. May come across as being controlling<br />Ethnocentrism – in America, don’t speak different language all the time<br />International<br />High Context – more passive and indirect. May come across as being uninterested in forming new relationships.<br />Ethnocentrism – didn’t try to acculturate to the American way of life<br />
    7. 7. Problem Solved??????<br />Spoke to RA<br />Eventually Americans spoke to the International student about moving out<br />International student moved in with another International student<br />
    8. 8. Compromises<br />What Americans could have done<br />Tried to be understanding of cultural differences<br />Instead of always wanting the International to came to them, they could have gone to her<br />What Internationals could have done<br />Tried to be more open<br />Tried to explain different aspects (morals, beliefs, attitudes) of their culture<br />
    9. 9. What They Would Have Done Differently<br />American:<br />Would have been more open and understanding of International roommate<br />International:<br />Would have cared a little more and put more effort into forming a relationship with American roommates<br />
    10. 10. Success Stories!!!<br />International students that roomed together had more positive experiences<br />Had more in common – better able to communicate efficiently<br />Meeting of the Internationals<br />Come in a week before the rest of the campus<br />
    11. 11. International and American Roommate Success!!<br />Was after freshman year<br />More aware of differences and how to accept them<br />Aya and Megan<br />Aya more acculturated to American society<br />Went to an American school in Japan all her life<br />Other Internationals went to international schools – more familiar with dealing with other cultures besides American<br />
    12. 12. Weird Fun Facts <br />The Junior class (‘10) had more International/American roommate conflicts than did any of the lower classes<br />