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Gao, Fang; Lai, Chun; Halse, Christine – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
How migrants, refugees and minority groups acquire a sense of belonging in their adopted society is a concern for nations worldwide as they aim to balance the diversity and inclusion of growing numbers of migrants with ensuring harmony and cohesion across society. In postcolonial Hong Kong, the population diversity is accompanied with a swift…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Multilingualism, Second Languages, Foreign Countries
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Chan, Jim Yee Him – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
With increasing global demand for English and Chinese language education, the existence of linguistic variation in (and varieties of) both languages has focused scholarly attention on the choice of language standards, norms and models. Using in-depth focus group interviews, this study compared bilingual learners' choice of English and Putonghua…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Evans, Stephen – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2014
This article presents the findings of a corpus-based study of the use of English vis-à-vis Cantonese and Putonghua in Hong Kong's Legislative Council in the past four decades. The objective of the study was to track the changing fortunes of the three languages in a key government institution during a period of unprecedented political, economic and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sino Tibetan Languages, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Gu, Mingyue Michelle – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
This paper investigates the identity construction and language practice of a group of mainland Chinese immigrant students studying at a secondary school in Hong Kong, and explores the underlying reasons for, as well as the individual and group identities derived from, those language choices and practices. The data were collected through…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Ideology, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Lai, Mee Ling – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
As it entered the second decade of the postcolonial era, Hong Kong had undergone significant socio-economic changes which had impacted students' perceptions of cultural identity and their language attitudes. This study, conducted in 2009, reports on an investigation into the related perceptions of the postcolonial generation who grew up in Hong…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes, Official Languages, Foreign Countries
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Shum, Mark S. K.; Gao, Fang; Tsung, Linda; Ki, Wing-Wah – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
This paper offers insights into an under-researched area of Chinese language learning among Hong Kong's less affluent South Asians, a group whose members have often been stereotyped as unable to function in the Chinese medium instruction (CMI) teaching system. Data were collected from a survey of approximately 300 South Asian secondary school…
Descriptors: Asians, Parent Participation, Interviews, Parent School Relationship
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Tong, Ho Kin; Cheung, Lin Hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
This paper attempts to define cultural globalisation and cultural glocalisation in terms of cultural identity (CI) and language. Homogenisation, heterogenisation and glocalisation are three possible ways to face the challenge of cultural globalisation but glocalisation may be the most realistic solution as it seems to be the way to a better…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Quality of Life, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese
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Gu, Mingyue – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
Informed by linguistic ecological theory and the notion of identity, this study investigates language uses and identity construction in interactions among students with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds in a multilingual university. Individual and focus-group interviews were conducted with two groups of students: Hong Kong (HK) and…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Multilingualism, Group Dynamics, Self Concept
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Evans, Stephen – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
This article explores the impact of Hong Kong's transition from British colony to Chinese Special Administrative Region on patterns of language use in the domain of professional employment. In particular, it presents the findings of a large-scale multifaceted investigation into the roles of Putonghua, Cantonese, written Chinese and English in the…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, English (Second Language)
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Groves, Julie May – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
Past research has tended to ignore the emergence or existence of "middle zone" varieties such as topolects or regiolects. In addition, attitudinal dynamics have received little attention, including their contribution towards the re-evaluation of the status of language varieties. Regarding the status of Cantonese, linguistic, political…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Dialects, Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes
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Tse, Shek-kam; Lam, Joseph Wai-ip; Loh, Elizabeth Ka-yee; Lam, Raymond Yu-hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
This study examines how the language used at home, Putonghua or Cantonese, has influenced the Chinese reading attainment of 4335 primary school students in Hong Kong. Also examined was the influence of the birthplace and home background socioeconomic status (SES) of the reader. Although the indigenous Hong Kong population uses Cantonese, a dialect…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary School Students, Oral Language, Foreign Countries
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Humphreys, Gillian; Miyazoe-Wong, Yuko – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
In spite of long-standing political tensions between Japan and the People's Republic of China, Japanese remains a highly popular language to learn in Hong Kong. This is evidenced by the growth in number of Japanese-related courses and programmes offered at schools and universities in the Special Administrative Region. Although Japan is a dominant…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Political Issues
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Lai, Mee-ling – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2001
Examined the attitudes of Hong Kong secondary school students toward English, Cantonese, and Putonghua. Compared the language attitudes of two main groups of Hong Kong students, middle class elite and working class low achievers. Findings showed that the former group was more inclined to use English while the latter group was more inclined to use…
Descriptors: Cantonese, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Kwo, Ora W. Y. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1989
Explores the arguments surrounding the debate over the language of instruction in Hong Kong schools, and examines their practical implications. The rationale for stronger emphasis on Putonghua in the school system is discussed in detail, and the main options available to policymakers at both the institutional and territory-wide levels are…
Descriptors: Chinese, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Language of Instruction