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Article: Language and power: Korean-Chinese students’ language attitude and practice

TitleLanguage and power: Korean-Chinese students’ language attitude and practice
Authors
KeywordsLanguage and power
Korean language
Chinese language
Language
Attitude and practice
Issue Date2009
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01434632.asp
Citation
Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development, 2009, v. 30 n. 6, p. 525-534 How to Cite?
AbstractLanguage is not only a method of communication, but also a mechanism of power. The ethnographic research reported in this article documents how a group of Korean students, who are participating in a bilingual Korean school in Northeast China, construct their language attitude and practice. Research findings indicate that the Korean students value both Korean and Chinese language acquisition, and adopt the two languages for self-empowerment in the academic hierarchy of the Korean school. The positive attitude and practice of Korean students towards Korean and Chinese language studies highlight the politically and economically functional power of Korean and Chinese languages as a means of acquiring a larger benefit from China's economic marketisation, especially increasing business contacts with South Korea. This article argues that the increasing significance of transnationalism for ethnic minorities within globalisation emphasises bilingual proficiency, or even trilingualism in China's reform period which implies the necessity of relevant policy initiations for the increasing needs of language acquisition.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130561
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2014 Impact Factor: 0.790
2014 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.867
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dc.contributor.authorGao, Fen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:56:30Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:56:30Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development, 2009, v. 30 n. 6, p. 525-534en_US
dc.identifier.issn0143-4632-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130561-
dc.description.abstractLanguage is not only a method of communication, but also a mechanism of power. The ethnographic research reported in this article documents how a group of Korean students, who are participating in a bilingual Korean school in Northeast China, construct their language attitude and practice. Research findings indicate that the Korean students value both Korean and Chinese language acquisition, and adopt the two languages for self-empowerment in the academic hierarchy of the Korean school. The positive attitude and practice of Korean students towards Korean and Chinese language studies highlight the politically and economically functional power of Korean and Chinese languages as a means of acquiring a larger benefit from China's economic marketisation, especially increasing business contacts with South Korea. This article argues that the increasing significance of transnationalism for ethnic minorities within globalisation emphasises bilingual proficiency, or even trilingualism in China's reform period which implies the necessity of relevant policy initiations for the increasing needs of language acquisition.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01434632.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Multilingual & Multicultural Developmenten_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThis is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development, 2009, v. 30 n. 6, p. 525-534. Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/-
dc.subjectLanguage and power-
dc.subjectKorean language-
dc.subjectChinese language-
dc.subjectLanguage-
dc.subjectAttitude and practice-
dc.titleLanguage and power: Korean-Chinese students’ language attitude and practiceen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0143-4632&volume=30&issue=6&spage=525&epage=534&date=2009&atitle=Language+and+power:+Korean-Chinese+students’+language+attitude+and+practice-
dc.identifier.emailGao, F: gaofang@graduate.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/01434630903147922-
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dc.identifier.hkuros178356en_US
dc.identifier.volume30en_US
dc.identifier.issue6-
dc.identifier.spage525en_US
dc.identifier.epage534en_US
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