Introduction to "Learning Chinese as a Heritage Language : An Australia Perspective"

Mu, Guanglun Michael (2015) Introduction to "Learning Chinese as a Heritage Language : An Australia Perspective". In Learning Chinese as a Heritage Language : An Australia Perspective. Multilingual Matters, Bristol Buffalo.

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Abstract

The book grapples with the complex entanglement of identity construction, language choice, cultural heritage, and social orders. Specifically, the book investigates how Chinese Australians negotiate their Chineseness and capitalise on resources through learning Chinese as a heritage language in Australia and beyond. Though the book is concerned with Chinese Australians, knowledge built and lessons learned can provide insight into other multicultural settings where people of Chinese descent are becoming increasingly prominent in representing the cultural and linguistic diversity of the society, and more recently, in contributing to the economic dynamics of the society. In addition, the focus on the potholes and distractions as well as the benefits and gains of heritage language learning is not restricted to Chinese diaspora, but relevant to ethnic minority individuals and communities elsewhere.

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ID Code: 88022
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Chineseness, Heritage Language, Habitus, Capital, Field, Bourdieu
ISBN: 9781783094288
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Multilingual Matters
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2015 01:21
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 07:10

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