Dr Chen, Katherine Hoi Ying 陳海瑛
My research in linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics is underpinned by a desire to understand human social relationships, especially how they are influenced/mediated by language ideologies, and their connection to identities, stereotypes and discrimination. As a daughter of migrants who moved from Indonesia to China and later to Hong Kong, I grew up acutely aware of my parents’ stories about the pressures and effects of marginalization, be it linguistic, cultural or ideological. As a native of Hong Kong, I am interested in the nexus of language, identity and ideology in the city’s changing socio-political context.
My key areas of research concern the distinctive bilingual language styles and social identity negotiation (and stereotypes) of returning migrants; transnational ethnography and ethnic/national identity of Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong; Cantonese language ideologies and identities; and gender stereotypes of (Hong) Kong Girl. Some of the highlights include the construction of the new social category of ‘returnees’ against the broader discourses of the Chinese nation and nationhood and how it is managed in the acts of Cantonese-English code-switching. I produced a documentary film as part of my fieldwork to explore the social meanings of code-switching in Hong Kong. I have explored how the political status of Hong Kong as an ex-colony and now a city of China restrict the development of Cantonese as a ‘legitimate’ language. I have discussed the role and status of Cantonese in relation to English as a former colonial and now world language, and Putonghua as China’s national language. As a keen observer and commentator of contemporary Hong Kong language and culture, my recent work includes the documenting and critique of the social-linguistic phenomenon of the ‘Kong Girl’, which contributes more widely to the theorizing of gender internationally.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2012-01-01||HKU Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award: HKU Faculty of Arts||Teaching Accomplishment|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|2008 - Present||member||American Anthropological Association|
|2008 - Present||member||Society of Linguistic Anthropology|
|2015 - Present||member||Hong Kong Association of Applied Linguistics|
|Spoken Language(s) (EN)||Spoken Language(s) (ZH)|
|Cantonese, Putonghua, English||粵語、普通話、英語|
|Written Language(s) (EN)||Written Language(s) (ZH)|
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