Publication details [#66108]

Gao, Xuesong (Andy) and Wei Ren. 2019. Controversies of bilingual education in China. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 22 (3) : 267–273.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
London: Routledge


This special issue includes the collective efforts of scholars holding distinct views and exploring three types of bilingual education initiatives in mainland China: bilingual education programs for ethnic minority students, the rise of Chinese-English bilingual education, and the vitality of regional Chinese varieties or dialects in big coastal cities. This paper argues that all the efforts to foster and maintain bilingualism in the aforecited aspects are to some level two-edged and need critical inquiry.