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ERIC Number: EJ973222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Co-Ethnic Network, Social Class, and Heritage Language Maintenance among Chinese Immigrant Families
Zhang, Donghui
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v11 n3 p200-223 2012
This ethnographic study investigated heritage language maintenance among two distinct groups of Chinese immigrant families (Mandarin and Fujianese) from the social network perspective. The results indicated that a co-ethnic network could be a double-edged sword, which works differently on children from different social classes. While the Mandarin children benefited from a strong co-ethnic network in resisting pressures for language assimilation, the Fujianese children shifted to English collectively as a way to survive in the U.S. society. (Contains 7 footnotes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania