A sociological quantitative study about Chineseness and Chinese heritage language for young Chinese Australian adults in urban Australia

Mu, Guanglun Michael (2012) A sociological quantitative study about Chineseness and Chinese heritage language for young Chinese Australian adults in urban Australia. In AERA Annual Meeting, 12-17 April 2012, Vancouver.


The relationship between Heritage Language and ethnic identity has gained significant research ground in North America. However, there is a dearth of similar research conducted in other regions of the world. There seems to be little if any work investigating the link between Chinese Australians’ ethnic identity and their Chinese Heritage Language. This sociological quantitative study interpreted Chinese Australians’ “Chineseness” as their ethnic identity, linked this “Chineseness” to their Chinese Heritage Language, and did so by virtue of Bourdieu’s key concept ‘habitus’. 227 cases were analyzed by Structural Equation Modelling. The result demonstrated a statistically significant strong positive relationship between Chinese Australian urban young adults’ “Chineseness” and their self-perceptions of their Chinese Heritage Language proficiency (r=.73). This paper explained the findings in light of Bourdieu’s (1991) contention that people make choices about languages according to the habitus they have.

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ID Code: 56879
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Chineseness, Chinese Heritage Language, habitus
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Author
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2013 22:38
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 19:47

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