Learning Chinese as a Heritage Language: An Australian Perspective

Mu, Guanglun Michael (2016) Learning Chinese as a Heritage Language: An Australian Perspective. Multilingual Matters, Bristol Buffalo.

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This book explores the fascinating topic of heritage language learning, looking in particular at Chinese Australians' learning of Chinese. The author studies the investment, challenges and benefits of heritage language learning across varied contexts including school, work, home and in the community. The book investigates how Chinese Australians navigate and negotiate their Chineseness and how resources are used to support their learning. The book is based on a mixed methods study which uses Bourdieu's sociological theory, and offers implications for sociologists of language and education, Chinese heritage language learners and teachers, as well as language and cultural policy makers.


This book is a compelling account of the habitus of Chineseness in a world of mobility. It offers up a plethora of insights into the implication of heritage language learning in the constitution of Chinese identity; it makes available a sophisticated mixed methods approach for using the thinking tools of Pierre Bourdieu; it adds to these tools a nuanced cultural dimension.

Karen Dooley, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

In our increasingly trans-migratory world, language can be central to cultural identity. Dr Mu’s research breaks new ground by adapting Bourdieu’s insights to examine how cultural identity (‘Chinese-ness’) is linguistically learned and practiced in Australia. His remarkable book will interest educators and researchers grappling with how language pertains to identity.

Tom Strong, University of Calgary, Canada

A thought-provoking, highly engaging work that has deftly shown how Bourdieusian framework can be applied in the research field of literacy education and Heritage Language learning. A must-read for those interested in overseas Chinese communities and Heritage Language learning across various immigrant communities in general! Liang Du, Beijing Normal University, China

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ID Code: 87669
Item Type: Book
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Keywords: Chineseness, Heritage Language, Habitus, Capital, Field, Bourdieu, Structural Equation Modelling, Chinese Australian
ISBN: 9781783094288
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Multilingual Matters
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2015 00:34
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2016 01:04

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