Trilingual education in Yanbian Korean autonomous prefecture

Robert Damian ADAMSON

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Multilingual education is a growing phenomenon arising from forces of globalization and economic development, which promote strong regional and international languages and threaten less powerful languages. A case in point is the provision of trilingual education (Korean, Chinese and English) in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. Language policies in YKAP are closely linked to questions of ethnic and national identity. This study found a strong additive Accretive Model of trilingual education operating in schools in YKAP, sustained by ethnolinguistic and economic factors. However, the paper also argues that demographic trends present challenges to the long-term sustainability of this model.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


Adamson, B. (2016, April). Trilingual education in Yanbian Korean autonomous prefecture. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK) Annual Conference 2016: Learning to Live Together & Comparative Education, and Third Across-Strait Four Region Forum on Comparative Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China.


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