Cross-Cultural Adjustments


Cross-Cultural Adjustments



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The Making Cancer History® Voices Oral History Collection, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Houston, Texas

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Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

Now before you tell me about that, tell me how the adjustment went coming to the US. You mentioned there were language issues. How was that whole cross-cultural adjustment?

Waun Ki Hong, MD

It was—you can imagine—there are obvious language barriers and cultural barriers. My son was born right after that year so—you know—

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

New family.

Waun Ki Hong, PhD

And then it’s very tough to adjust to a new environment.

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

Did you feel as though—just to say it honestly—did you feel discriminated against in any way?

Waun Ki Hong, MD

No, I didn’t feel they were discriminating. Obviously, it was hugely challenging to adjust to a different culture. And obviously, I was not able to communicate smoothly. I didn’t feel that they were. They treated me reasonably well. I never felt they were, because I had always my own pride. I don’t speak as well as you do, but my brain can be as smart as you are.

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD


Waun Ki Hong, MD

And then I was fairly confident in that.

Cross-Cultural Adjustments