Publication details [#55307]

Fang, Gao. 2011. Linguistic capital: continuity and change in educational language polices for South Asians in Hong Kong primary schools. Current Issues in Language Planning 12 (2) : 251–263.
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Language as a subject
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This study explores the impact of Hong Kong educational language policies regarding South Asians, in particular at primary school level, in pre- and post-colonial periods. It is argued that English' paramount status has started to be shared by Cantonese, which has turned up as the ‘high’ language in post-handover Hong Kong, constituting the main obstacle for South Asians to learn Chinese as a second language to gain upward mobility in Hong Kong society.