Imagined identity, bilingual education, and upward mobility among ethnic Koreans in China

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Abstract

The Korean minority in China are mostly descendants of political refugees during the Japanese colonialism in peninsular Korea. It is one of China’s 55 ethnic minorities struggling between assimilation and separation, as coined by Berry in his categories of acculturation. Korean students’ narratives indicate that Putonghua is a key capital that affects individual’s desired membership in the mainstream society, whereas a certain degree of preservation in the Korean language complicates the process of acculturation. The findings thus call for the integrative acculturation, which is illustrative of a selective process and puts forward explicit assumptions about an additive bilingual/trilingual education for ethnic Koreans to gain upward mobility in China.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Citation

Gao, F. (2015, February). Imagined identity, bilingual education, and upward mobility among ethnic Koreans in China. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK) Annual Conference 2015: Developing scholarship in comparative education, The University of Hong Kong, China.

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