Learning American culture through Facebook communication
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This study examined how Chinese international students who study in the United States learn American culture through Facebook communication. This study employed Kim’s (2001) theoretical framework about cross-cultural adaptation, and explored this field within the realm of social media. By collecting the responses about how the Chinese international students who currently study in a southern university in the United States feel about American culture, their life in the United States and about Facebook communication, the study supported Kim’s theory that host communication competence is related to sojourners’ Facebook (social) communication, psychological health and functional fitness. At the same time, this study also found the sojourners’ Facebook communication can help predict their psychological health.