China and English: Globalisation and the Dilemmas of Identity

Edited by: Joseph Lo Bianco, Jane Orton, Gao Yihong

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It has been said there are more Chinese learning English than there are Americans. We all have a sense that the first decades of the third millennium, including the effects of the global financial recession, signal dramatic changes to the shape of the world to come. China's emergence as a superpower is one of the few certainties in this rapidly changing world. What is less well realised is the critical role which China's decisions about English will play in the world's communication profile. This unique volume explores this question looking at the debates on identity, cultural values and communication practices. Taking a wide-ranging view and uniquely blending both Chinese and Western perspectives the volume explores the critically important cultural consequences of mass English learning in today's world.

What is remarkable in this volume is not only the ways in which the discourses of this dichotomy resonate in the early twenty-first century, but also the ways in which new discourses, new problems and new opportunities emerge in the present. The editors are to be congratulated on this book, which offers an insightful blend of theory and empirical research. The fascinating and wide-ranging account of the status and functions of English in China today provided by Lo Bianco, Orton and Gao in China and English is essential reading for everyone interested in English in the Chinese context and in the wide range of educational and intercultural issues associated with the continuing story of English in China.

English Today

While much attention is paid in certain circles to the rising power of China, little is known about the critical impact on both the Chinese people and the rest of the world of the country's language policy, in particular China's domestication of English and its increasing efforts to spread its language and culture worldwide. What dynamics has it brought about? How are identities negotiated with the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language at the collective/national and individual levels? And how do such identities affect China's interaction with the rest of the world? This book is therefore a timely contribution to addressing these important questions.

Lang Policy (2012) 11:209–211

This edited volume is a significant contribution to linguistic, educational, and social studies of English in China, and it is also a valubale addition to the existing literature of studies on language and cultural identity. It is an insightful volume that takes on many of the current issues that are of great interest to a wide range of readership from English language teachers and learners to researchers and scholars focusing on culture and identity as well as Chinese studies both within China and worldwide.

English World-Wide 34:2, 2013

Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education and Associate Dean (Global Relations) at the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. He is author of Australia’s first comprehensive language policy, the National Policy on Languages, 1987. In 2007 he produced a Special Issue of the journal Language Policy entitled The Emergence of Chinese.

Jane Orton is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, where she has researched, taught and supervised for many years in the area of international English, language teaching and culture, and nonverbal communication.

Gao Yihong is a professor in the English Department, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University, and Director of The Association of Chinese Sociolinguistics. Her major research interest lies in the social psychology and social context of language learning.

PART I Western Dreams, Chinese Quests: Habitus and Encounter

1. Intercultural Encounters and Deep Cultural Beliefs – Joseph Lo Bianco

2. Sociocultural Contexts and English in China: Retaining and Reforming the Cultural Habitus – Gao Yihong

3. English and the Chinese Quest – Jane Orton

PART II Learners, Identities, Purposes

4. Language and Identity: State of the Art and a Debate of Legitimacy – Gao Yihong

5. Beautiful English vs. the Multilingual Self – Li Zhanzi

6. "Just a Tool": The Role of English in the Curriculum – Jane Orton

7. The More I Learned, the Less I Found My Self – Bian Yongwei

PART III Landscapes and Mindscapes

8. Language, Ethnicity and Identity in China – Zhou Qingsheng

9. Ethnic Minorities, Bilingual Education and Glocalization – Xu Hongchen

10. English at Home in China: How Far Does the Bond Extend? –Joseph Lo Bianco

11. Motivational Force-Imagined Community in Crazy English – Li Jingyan

12. Understanding Ourselves Through 'Teacher Man' – Li Zhanzi PART IV Narratives

13. Negotiated (Non-)Participation of 'Unsuccessful' Learners – Li Yuxia

14. Teachers' Identities in Personal Narratives – Liu Yi PART V English for China in the World

15. East Goes West – Jane Orton 16. Being Chinese, Speaking English – Joseph Lo Bianco

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