Out soon: “100 Questions and Answers About Immigrants to the U.S.”

In time for the last few months of the 2016 presidential campaign, the Bias Busters series will have a guide that uses research and information you can count on to answer some of the many questions that have been flying around in the debate.

100 Questions and Answers About Immigrants to the U.S.
100 Questions and Answers About Immigrants to the U.S.
* Do immigrants take American jobs?
* Where do they come from?
* Why do people enter illegally instead of just waiting?
* How many immigrants are there in the United States?
* Where do they come from?
* Would a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border help?

You’ll find the answers to these and 96 (at least) other questions in the guide.

We talked to immigrants to learn what were the questions they encounter and feel people should have the answer to. Then, we talked to people, did some research into what polls, studies and others have learned about the immigrant story and we put those into the book. The book, available in digital or print formats, includes about 10 video interviews from the University of Minnesota’s “Immigrant Stories” project. We feel that a stew of statistics cannot tell stories as well as people can.

Our hope is that, with this information, you will be able to have more and better conversations with the immigrants who live, work and go to school with you.

Can U.S. sustain international student bubble?

International student enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities has risen about 14 percent, according to a March 25 report by the Department of Homeland Security.

The Wall Street Journal reported that international enrollments have risen 50 percent since 2010 and 85 percent since 2005.

Values, traditions, pop culture, regional differences, expressions and slang that contribute to the diversity of people in the U.S.
100 Questions and Answers About Americans
But will it continue?

Other reports this week show foreign enrollments of international students declining. Student International has an article about a British Council report that shows the United Kingdom is declining as the choice for international studies. The U.S.’ biggest competitor has seen its market share fall every year since 2010-2011, and the actual number of students declined in 2012-2013.

A website about international students in Australia reports that enrollment has fallen 6.5 percent since 2009.

And, this week on University World News, Rahul Choudaha suggests that Asia become an international student hub. Choudaha is chief knowledge officer and senior director of strategic development at World Education Services in New York City.

That’s not easy, but it would be worthwhile and the experiences of the United Kingdom and Australia show that international students are fluid, mobile and not to be taken for granted. Top sources for international students include China, India and Saudi Arabia, where political variables beyond the reach of American universities come into play.

One thing universities can do is help international students get over American culture shock so they can get the educations they seek.

That is the goal of our guide, “100 Questions and Answers About Americans.”

Bias Busters guides spark conversations

Michigan State students talk about cultural competence raised in Bias Busters diversity handbook.
Michigan State students brainstorm cultural issues in event at library..
We had a great night at the Michigan State University Library Oct. 28 when almost 100 people came out to hear about the Bias Busters project. They answered questions from “100 Questions and Answers About Americans” and then discussed in teams questions from “100 Questions and Answers About East Asian Cultures.”

We asked international students from East Asian countries to join the various circles as resource people.

We talked about China’s relationship with Hong Kong, Korean and Japanese culture and difference among East Asian countries.

The guides led us to conversation, which is just what we want them to do.

International students start new year in a new country

WILX-TV did this report on how “100 Questions and Answers About Americans” is being used to help Michigan State University’s 7,000 international students get used to their host country.

The Office of International Students and Scholars, which helps those students and helped with the guide, is also working with campus police to help them do their jobs with cultural competence.

Top 10 countries in international high school enrollment

A new report shows that U.S. high schools are experiencing enrollment changes similar to those seen in colleges.

International enrollment in U.S. schools is up and being driven by students from East Asia.

The Institute of International Education reports that 73,019 international students were enrolled at U.S. high schools in October 2013, a record.

The top 10 countries for enrollment were:

  1. China, 23,562
  2. South Korea, 8,777
  3. Germany, 7,130
  4. Mexico, 2,659
  5. Brazil, 2,292
  6. Vietnam, 2,289
  7. Spain, 2,125
  8. Japan, 1,959
  9. Thailand, 1,827
  10. Italy, 1,718

100 Questions and Answers About Americans was created to help international students in the U.S. and its companion, 100 Questions and Answers About East Asian Cultures, was created to help students understand their international classmates.

International students in U.S. top 1 million

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program published a report indicating over one million international students are now studying in American universities, a two percent increase since the start of the year and an all time high for the number of students entering from abroad. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program produces quarterly reports to measure the international student population and the latest sample was based off winter enrollments from schools across the country.

The record-breaking figures point to a significant climb in the number of students from abroad. Additionally, the report offers insight to the most heavily concentrated fields of study. The bulk of these students are matriculating from overseas, with China, India and South Korea leading this trend. The most common academic interest in these group are embedded in the fields of engineering, technology and mathematics.

As American universities open their doors to international students, academia needs to create adaptable learning environments to accommodate individuals of varied cultures. Following up from a post earlier this week, evidence from top universities suggests many minorities are susceptible to stereotypes.

The goal of the Bias Busters series is to dispel cultural stereotypes and provide readers with the tools to have meaningful cross-cultural interactions, and this goes both ways. The book 100 Questions & Answers About Americans was created to aid international students as they shift into American universities and lifestyle. This guide, like the rest in the series, broaches several topics to help international students better understand social nuances for a manageable transition into American culture.