Guest Commentary: A Review and Framework for Studying the Repatriation Experiences of Malaysian Faculty

David Marshall Hunt, Rohayu Abdul-Ghani


The repatriation process often is assumed to be an easy one when in fact it is not. The literature on repatriation is predominantly Western; therefore, this issue needs further examination as it pertains to people of all nationalities. A framework for further systematic study of developing nation expatriates is presented together with some preliminary results of an exploratory nature, based on extensive interviews and questionnaire data gathered on seven Malaysian faculty. We present these results in the form of a composite case to protect confidentiality of our small sample of subjects. Our focus is on reverse culture shock upon repatriation. We conclude with a reminder that this is exploratory research, and as such has several limitations, and with some suggestions for a more systematic approach to future research on repatriation.

Proses repatriasi sering diandaikan sebagai proses yang mudah sedangkan ia tidak. Kebanyakan kajian tentang repatriasi dijalankan di Barat; oleh itu, isu ini perlu dikaji dengan lebih mendalam lagi kerana ia melibatkan orang
dari negara-negara Timur juga. Satu rangka bagi kajian sistematik tentang ekspatriat dari negara-negara membangun dikemukakan bersama-sama dapatan awal kajian rintisan ini. Data diperoleh daripada tujuh ahli akademik di Malaysia melalui temu bual terperinci dan soal selidik. Hasil kajian dikemukakan dalam bentuk kes komposit bagi menunjamin kerahsiaan subjek, memandangkan saiz sampel adalah kecil. Fokus kajian kami ialah isu kejutan budaya songsangan sewaktu repatriusi. Oleh sebah kajian ini hanya kajian rintisan, kami telah menyatakan beberapa kelemahannya.Kami juga mengemukakan beberapa cadangan bagi menjalankan kajian repatriusi yang lebih bersistematik pada masa akan datang.

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