Exploring family language policy and planning among ethnic minority families in Hong Kong: Through a socio-historical and processed lens

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Abstract

This qualitative study investigates the process of family language policy and planning among a group of immigrant mothers with south Asian backgrounds in Hong Kong, and explores the underlying cultural, socio-political and ideological reasons. Moving beyond a discrete analysis of family language policy within the home context to incorporate elements of historical time and space, the data analysis shows that family language policy is shaped by individuals' cultural affiliations, future imaginations and their experiences across the contexts of school, community, workplace, host society and home country. Furthermore, broader social and ideological realities also impact individuals, and thereby influence family language policy. The findings suggest that South Asian families may face difficulty in maintaining their children's heritage language literacy, and that the immigrant mothers' lack of local educational experiences and limited knowledge of the Chinese language may disadvantage their children in terms of educational opportunities. Providing an in-depth understanding of bottom-up language practices, language planning and implementation in immigrant home contexts, this study has implications for policy makers in terms of language education and provision. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Issues in Language Planning
Early online dateApr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 2020

Citation

Gu, M. M., & Han, Y. (2020). Exploring family language policy and planning among ethnic minority families in Hong Kong: Through a socio-historical and processed lens. Current Issues in Language Planning. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14664208.2020.1748371

Keywords

  • Family language policy
  • South Asian mothers
  • Symbolic value
  • A socio-historical perspective

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