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A Gender Study of Food Stress and Implications for International Students Acculturation

17 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2022 Publication Status: Preprint

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Quan Hoang Vuong

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management; Phenikaa University

Minh-Hoang Nguyen

Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University ; Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Quang Loc Nguyen

SP Jain School of Global Management

Van Quy Khuc

Vietnam National University (VNU); VietKAP

Tam-Tri Le

Phenikaa University

Abstract

Acculturative stress can be a big problem for international students. Among all the difficulties they may face, adjusting to new foods in a new environment is crucial to their wellbeing. Research related to food acculturation is limited but also hints at gender differences. Using the Bayesian analysis approach with the Hamiltonian MCMC (Markov Chain Monte Carlo) technique on a sample of 268 students from a Japanese international university, we found that female students are more likely to have perceived difficulties in the process of adjusting to new foods, but social connectedness lessens this effect. We also found no significant differences between domestic and international students regarding perceived difficulties on food adjustment in this highly multicultural study site. We suggest international universities provide better information about the food situations on campuses, especially for female students, and organize more cultural exchange events and food-related social activities to help students overcome barriers of food stress.

Keywords: food acculturation, gender difference, acculturative stress, international student, multicultural environment

Suggested Citation

Vuong, Quan Hoang and Nguyen, Minh-Hoang and Nguyen, Quang Loc and Khuc, Van Quy and Le, Tam-Tri, A Gender Study of Food Stress and Implications for International Students Acculturation. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4078609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4078609

Quan Hoang Vuong

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Minh-Hoang Nguyen

Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University ( email )

Hanoi
Vietnam

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University ( email )

Beppu
Japan

Quang Loc Nguyen

SP Jain School of Global Management ( email )

Van Quy Khuc

Vietnam National University (VNU) ( email )

144 Xuan Thuy
Cau Giay
Hanoi, 84
Vietnam

VietKAP

Hanoi
Hanoi, 100000
Vietnam

Tam-Tri Le (Contact Author)

Phenikaa University ( email )

To Huu road, Yen Nghia
Ha Dong district
Hanoi, 100803
Vietnam

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