Tiffany is currently an international freshman at Emory
University. She studied in an international middle school and had multilingual experiences since she was young. When talking about her interactions with Koreans during the interview, one interesting thing Tiffany mentioned is that she thinks one’s nationality does not shape one’s attitudes towards other
languages. Instead, it is the living environment that has the most significant impact on one’s attitudes. The Koreans she met at school were really friendly to her, but the ones she met on her trip to Korea were not so. Therefore, this conclusion she draws makes perfect senses based on her personal experiences. However, it has huge differences from the ideas of the authors of Ethnic Identity of Minority No-Fee Preservice Students.
The authors of this article use data collected from a survey to disclose an interesting fact that linguistic and ethnic minorities have never neglected their identities as a part of a nation even though they might have been treated unfairly because they are minorities. They also reveal the fact that the minorities are deeply influenced by their nation as well as their minority ethnicity. But Tiffany seems to be disapproval of these arguments. She has communicated with two kinds of Koreans; some treated her friendly while the others made jokes on her, and the most obvious difference between them is that the former studied in an international in China and had lived in China for quite a while. So from this interview, we can see that living environment might also play a very important role in people’s attitudes toward other languages.
The same source is used to analyze Oscar's interview with a different approach. It is interesting that Tiffany and Oscar's experiences contradict each other to some degree. Oscar have been to many places when he was growing up, but his identity was not changed much because of those multilingual experiences, whereas the Koreans that Tiffany met seemed to have been influenced a lot by their living environment. This difference might have something to do with individual background.
Yang, Shuhan, Ling Li, Aisige Yalikunjiang, Xunyu Tao, Quan Li, and Siyuan Dong. "Ethnic Identity of Minority No-Fee Preservice Students." Chinese Education & Society. 46.2/3 (2013): 76-89. Print.