The transformation of “a frog in the well”
This chapter explores the developmental trajectory of a Hong Kong Chinese university student who participated in a year-long exchange program in Canada. After Kingston (a pseudonym) returned home, he enrolled in <i>Intercultural Transitions</i>, an elective course designed to enhance and extend sojourn learning through guided, critical reflection. Kingston’s oral and written narratives provided a window into his second language learning, intercultural communication, cross-cultural adjustment, and evolving sense of self. Multiple sociocultural factors (e.g. host receptivity), personality attributes (e.g. ability to overcome psychological barriers, degree of ethnocentricism/reflexivity, willingness to try new things), and depth of investment in language and (inter)cultural enhancement impacted on his “whole person” development. The findings underscore the complexity of learning on stays abroad.