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ERIC Number: EJ1109034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
"I Want to Do Things with Languages": A Male Karenni Refugee's Reconstructing Multilingual Capital
Duran, Chatwara Suwannamai
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v15 n4 p216-229 2016
This article discusses how a male Karenni refugee in the United States has constructed multilingual capital along the way of his multiple movements across national borders. As a member of an ethnic minority group in three different countries (Burma, Thailand, and the United States), he has invested in learning multiple languages throughout the movements. Based on a two-year ethnographic study on the participant's multilingual practices, I argue that being multilingual is a fundamental part of his transnational identities, economic security, and agentive acts. His roles outside formal classroom settings as a language broker, refugee, and an ESL tutor have been shaped by a continuum, or horizontal relationship of languages. The study suggests the inclusion of adult students' transnational identity and multilingual practices outside a language classroom. In addition, a career that requires multilingual skills and transnational knowledge should be encouraged and created for newcomers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Phoenix); Burma; Thailand
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