The Interplay between Social Media and Cultural Adjustment: Analysis of the Subjective Well-Being, Social Support, and Social Media Use of Asian International Students in the U.S.

Ming Xie (1), Chin-Chung Chao (2)
(1) Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, West Texas A&M University, United States, United States,
(2) School of Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha, United States, United States


This research focuses on social media use by Asian international students in the U.S. and its impacts on their subjective well-being, social support, and cultural adjustment. In-depth interviews were conducted with 17 international students from six Asian countries who are studying in a Midwestern University in the U.S. The research finds that social media helps to compensate Asian international students for the loss of social support and offline social capital from their home countries. However, the function of social media, which provides bridging social capital and expands their social networks in the host country, is limited. This research extends the existing literature on social media’s moderating effect on sociocultural and psychological adjustment.

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Author Biographies

Ming Xie , Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, West Texas A&M University, United States

Ming Xie is Assistant Professor at West Texas A&M University. Ming earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the U.S. and another Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China. She is particularly interested in nonprofit organization management and communication, social media, emergency management, and intercultural communication.

Chin-Chung Chao, School of Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha, United States

Chin-Chung Chao is Professor of communication at University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her primary research interests span conflict management, leadership, intercultural communication, organizational communication, and media communication. She served as the President of Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) in 2011–12 and the Chair of Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division (APACS) in 2012–13, and served as Guest Editors of the Chinese Media Research and Negotiation and Conflict Management. In addition, she has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Intercultural Communication ResearchJournal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. Her research has won multiple awards.

Xie , M., & Chao, C.-C. (2022). The Interplay between Social Media and Cultural Adjustment: Analysis of the Subjective Well-Being, Social Support, and Social Media Use of Asian International Students in the U.S. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 22(2), 22–32.

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