Acculturation strategies of Chinese students in Indonesia


  • Chen Yanrenjing Streetcorner Ecommerce Limited, Shenzhen, China.
  • Pande Made Kutanegara Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Cultural Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.



Acculturation;, Chinese students;, acculturation difficulties; , acculturation strategies;, Yogyakarta


This article tries to analyze the acculturation process and acculturation strategies of Chinese students in Indonesia, particular in Yogyakarta. In recent years, the number of Chinese students studying abroad has increased rapidly, and Indonesia has also become one of the destinations. In response to the call of the “One Belt, One Road” policy, Chinese universities have established Indonesian language majors. More and more Chinese students come to Indonesia as exchange students, and at the same time are experiencing the process of acculturation. This research uses Yogyakarta as a research base and aims to propose strategies for the acculturation of Chinese students in Yogyakarta. The research uses ethnographic methods; literature reviews, participant observation, and structured interviews for data collection. The study found that in the early period, Chinese students had quite a lot of difficulty in adapting and acculturating with local people and culture. In the process of adaptation, Chinese students should improve the initiative of acculturation, cultivate new ideas and value systems, and learn to enjoy Indonesian customs.


Download data is not yet available.


Anne-Marie Masgoret & Colleen Ward (2006). Cultural learning approach of acculturation. Acculturation Psychology. Chapter 5: 58-77.

Christopher Sullivan & Susan Kashubeck-West (2015). The Interplay of International Students’ Acculturative Stress, Social Support, and Acculturation Modes. Journal of International Students. Vol.5, Issue 1 (2015), pp. 1-11.

ChiaChih DC Wang & Brent Mallinckrodt (2006). Acculturation, Attachment, and Psychosocial Adjustment of Chinese/Taiwanese International Students. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Vol. 53, No. 4, 422–433.

Mohammad Syaroni Syawaludin, Budi Suprapto & Himawan Sutanto (2020). Self-management Analysis of International University Student in Coping with Culture Shock in Indonesia. MEDIO. Vol 2, No 1, July 2020, pp. 62-84.

Ginda Rahmita Sari & M. A. Subandi (2015). Akulturasi Psikologis para Self-Initiated Expatriate. GADJAH MADA JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. VOLUME 1, NO. 1, JANUARI 2015: 13–29. ISSN: 2407-7798

Junqian Ma (2017). Cooperative Activity as Mediation in the Social Adjustment of Chinese International Students. Journal of International Students. Volume 7, Issue 3 (2017), pp. 856-875. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.570038.

Alfred Presbitero (2016). Culture shock and reverse culture shock: The moderating role of cultural intelligence in international students’ adaptation. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 53(2016)28-38.

Omar Moufakkir (2013). Culture shock, what culture shock? Conceptualizing culture unrest in intercultural tourism and assessing its effect on tourists perceptions and travel propensity. Tourist Studies. 13(3)322-340.

Oberg K (1960). Cultural shock: Adjustment to New Cultural Environments. Practical Anthropology 7: 177-182.




How to Cite

Yanrenjing, C., & Kutanegara, P. M. (2021). Acculturation strategies of Chinese students in Indonesia. ETNOSIA : Jurnal Etnografi Indonesia, 6(2), 170 -.



Research Articles