chapter  7
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LAN AND KIYOKO: SURPRISING REACTIONS TO JOURNAL WRITING

In this chapter I profile two students who outwardly appeared to have a great deal in common, but whose responses to journal writing could hardly have been more different. Lan and Kiyoko were Asian women in their mid-20s, both of whom had received some higher education in their native countries. Lan had completed a 2-year teacher education program in the People’s Republic of China. In the United States, she was majoring in early childhood education and planned to teach young children. Kiyoko had finished most of her university studies in Japan, where she had majored in Japanese language and literature and had worked as a tutor, teaching Japanese to Americans. As a college student in the United States, Kiyoko was planning to major in anthropology and had not decided whether she would return to Japan after graduation.