Cultual Probe: Domesticity for International Students


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Research Purpose:

  • Understand how the social interactions within community help international students feel at home.

  • Understand the relationship between international students and their processions.

My Role:

  • Worked with Grant Garlile and Mudit Mittal in this project.

  • Discussed with teammates about the cultural probe kit, research questions, cultural models and key insights.

  • Conducted ethnographic observation and follow-up interviews.

Methods Used:

  • Cultural probe, ethnography observation, interview

Key Findings:

  • Share food: food is a primary factor affecting the dynamics of students’ daily lives.
  • Kitchen utility problems: This is a a big problem and has deep cultural impacts on international students’ daily lives.