Psychology Department Colloquium Addresses Family Lives of International Students from Multicultural Perspective

Posted on 1/27/2015 11:30:08 AM

Mengchun Chiang, postdoctoral clinical fellow in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, will present “Sojourning in the Margin: Living as Wives of International Students” on Friday, January 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Uhler Hall, Room 111. 

Whereas concerns for international students frequently appear in existing literature, little attention is paid to wives of international students (WoIS). Chiang’s program of research aims at describing and understanding lives of WoIS as sojourners in the margin. Multiple textualities of culture and gender make the lives of WoIS and differential representations of their cultural and gender ascription comprehensible and sensible.

The contribution of this study is to provide descriptive narratives of the lives of the WoIS from their point of view, simultaneously, to offer a space where culture and gender ascriptions of WoIS can be thought otherwise. Implications of the theoretical reconsiderations on culture and gender will be discussed alongside its application to future research and clinical work.

Department of Psychology