- The first stage is the incubation stage – or "honeymoon" stage, as everything encountered is new and exciting. - The second stage starts when a person may encounter some difficult times and crises in daily life. - The third stage is characterized by gaining some understanding of the new culture. A new feeling of pleasure and sense of humor may be experienced. One may start to feel a certain psychological balance.
- In the fourth stage, the person realizes that the new culture has good and bad things to offer.
- The fifth stage is the stage that is called the "re-entry shock." This occurs when a return to the country of origin is made. One may find that things are no longer the same. For example, some of the newly acquired customs are not in use in the old culture.
Part II: Results of interviews about culture shocks
Types of culture shocks from interviews:
Group 1: Perception
Name: Chon Goo Soo
Length of stay: 18 months
Job: Student of Law Department - VNU
Setting: Wear informal clothes to class
How did Vietnamese teachers and students react?
A. No reaction
B. Feel surprised, but not directly tell him about that
C. Tell him it is not appropriate to wear informal clothes
D. Agree with the new style, and follow that style