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ERIC Number: ED458796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 421
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Repositioned Lives: Language, Ethnicity, and Narrative Identity among Chinese-Vietnamese Community College Students in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Valley.
Frank, Russell Alan
Chinese speakers from Vietnam are a distinctive but hidden ethnolinguistic minority group in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles. Many variables present barriers to their full participation in society from both the values and norms of dominant American society and non-Chinese co-nationals from Vietnam as well as higher status co-ethnics from Hong Kong and Taiwan. In order to understand how Chinese-Vietnamese community college students form identities and adapt to the social context of the San Gabriel Valley, this dissertation looks at the relationships among language, ethnic identity, and education on 2 levels: the extent of multilingualism among Chinese speakers from Vietnam; and the meanings that Chinese-Vietnamese participants give to multilingualism is recorded through an analysis of narratives elicited through recorded, in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Results of the survey suggest that Chinese-Vietnamese participants tend to cluster in areas of higher concentrations of other ethnic Chinese and have a range of Chinese-Vietnamese ethnolinguistic identities related to geographical origin in Vietnam and to the socioeconomic backgrounds of their parents. Some attempt to strengthen their Chinese identities through the acquisition of Cantonese language skills, but the confluence of ethnicity, nationality, and class form barriers resulting in social isolation and an inability to claim coherent identities in social contexts outside the family. Schools in particular are the sites of many conflicts for many participants. This study questions many common assumptions about the relationship between class and ethnicity and points to the need for additional research on marginalized multilingual communities. Seven appendices with demographic and other data are included. (Contains 322 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California