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Humphreys, Gillian; Miyazoe-Wong, Yuko – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
In spite of long-standing political tensions between Japan and the People's Republic of China, Japanese remains a highly popular language to learn in Hong Kong. This is evidenced by the growth in number of Japanese-related courses and programmes offered at schools and universities in the Special Administrative Region. Although Japan is a dominant…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Political Issues
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Heylen, Ann – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2005
This paper offers a historical and sociolinguistic interrogation of Taiwanese to demonstrate the significance of language continuum in relation to identity formation. To this end, Taiwanese is discussed as a particular variety of language. Literacy practices in the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945) are contrasted with the precolonial and…
Descriptors: Nationalism, Sociolinguistics, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese