The method for interviewing was specifically chosen to be one on one through video due to this method allowing for the best form of answers. Interviewees were not notified of the questions beforehand and are therefore answering questions on the spot. The idea came from that of “post-memory” as seen in the book Family Frames by Marianne Hirsch, here Hirsch analyzes the use of photographs or photography as a link to a complicated past for Jewish exiled survivors of the Holocaust, here she argues that:
– “this condition of exile from the space of identity, this diasporic experience, is a characteristic aspect of postmemory. It brings with it its own narrative genres and aesthetic shapes and this it permits us to return, from a somewhat different angle, to the photographic aesthetics of postmemory- the photography’s capacity to signal absence and loss and, at the same time, to make present, rebuild, reconnect, bring back to life” (243).
I had believed that the same could be said for that of videos as a contemporary look at the experiences of International Students. Often the feeling of culture shock is akin to that of a feeling of loss and the act of speaking on this loss in terms of the issues felt by the student could be seen as a way to soften the impact or perhaps even solve it. At the time of these interviews most students had already gotten over their feelings of loss or culture shock thanks to, as said in the interviews, family and friends they had spoken with. These video interviews on the concept of culture shock can therefore be seen as a marker or snapshot of what these students may have felt in terms of the loss or aimlessness that comes with landing and living within a new culture.