Immigration, an Enhancer of Identity and Cultural Heritage

Dr. Imene Belhassen
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In a multicultural society, within a world that is more and more moving
towards globalization, immigration is becoming a dynamic feature. Hence,
universities all over the world are receiving a stream of international
students who are seeking more knowledge in a culture different
from their own. For example, UNK has 420 international students out of a
total of 6382 enrolled ones, representing 54 differnt countries: Albania,
Brazil, Cote d'Ivoire,Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia...etc. This paper
will show that immigrant students are not only willing to learn about a new
culture and adapt to its norms, but also to represent their own and
actually get to know more about it. I will focus on demonstrating how
immigration is at the same time an important factor in the identity
discovery of such students as well as an enhancer of their attachement to
their own cultural heritage, based on the international festivals,
activities, and associations that UNK international students are
participating in to represent their cultures to the new one they are living

Keywords: Immigration, multicultural universities, Identity, Cultural Heritage
Stream: Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Imene Belhassen

Graduate and research assistant, The English Department
College of Fine Arts and Humanities
University of nebraska at Kearney, UNK


Imene Belhassen had her Bachelor degree in Linguistics and English Language from the university of human and social sciences in Tunis. She was a fulbright Scholar in 2004, teaching Arabic language and culture, and French at UNK. She is doing her masters in English Literature at the university of Nebraska at Kearney. She is an active member of the International Student Association (ISA)at UNK. She participated in different seminars with the Fulbright Association and Institute of International Education (IIE), such as the seminar about the "Changing Face of the West" in Colorado(USA). She was a volunteer in the Mediterranean games in 2001 and a member of the commitee of organisation in two congresses: the Congress of Excellence and the Congress of Ambition in Tunisia. She is very interested in linguistics and cultural studies.

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