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If I travel to a country not of my ethnicity, what issues should I expect to face?

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  • mentor picture Sara
     
    Sara
    Student Program Coordinator
    USC Master of Education Program
    For some students, this may be your first experience as a minority. It is important to enter into...
    For some students, this may be your first experience as a minority. It is important to enter into the experience knowing that locals' reactions to you may feel awkward or uncomfortable, especially if they have never met or seen someone of your ethnicity. Expect that people will make assumptions about what ethnicity or race you come from and may ask you probing questions. While this can be an engaging learning experience for you and the locals, it is also important to reflect beforehand on how much personal information you may be comfortable sharing with strangers you encounter.
 
 
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