Individuals in a community interact with others in small and large social groupings. Such interactions provide a wealth of information that can be exploited in multiple ways. In this paper, we investigate the social networks of Nepali students at St. Cloud State University, a comprehensive university in central Minnesota, USA. The participants are 10 males and 9 females. Their responses to survey/interview questions serve as the basis for this research. The aggregated data show that Nepali students have 76 “best friends” in their social networks, and that 45 of those are Nepali, 31 are international students from 12 different countries, and 11 are domestic (American) students. The data also show that Nepali students spent 611 hours a week with the people in their social networks, including 411 hours with other Nepalis, 139 hours with international students, and 61 hours with domestic students. These social networks and the interactional patterns discussed in this paper (and in a companion paper in this volume) contain important insights for both university staff and Nepali students.
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"A Social Network Analysis of Nepali Students at a US University,"
Linguistic Portfolios: Vol. 8
, Article 8.
Available at: https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/stcloud_ling/vol8/iss1/8