Constructing chinese identity through the Chinese language: A comparative study of two different secondary education systems in Malaysia

Ho, Pei Yao and Chew, Fong Peng and Thock, Ker Pong (2018) Constructing chinese identity through the Chinese language: A comparative study of two different secondary education systems in Malaysia. Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, 18 (3). pp. 1-16. ISSN 0119-8386

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Abstract

Chinese Malaysians retain a distinct Chinese identity in a multicultural nation and highly appraise the ethnic-based and cultural importance of the Chinese language. Based on a social psychological perspective, this study employs a survey method with multiple-choice and open-ended questions to examine Chinese identity and the issues of Chinese language from the micro and macro level in two different education systems. By comparing two contrasting educational systems of Independent Chinese Secondary Schools (ICSS) and National Secondary Schools (NSS), this paper with 890 respondents argues that the Chinese identity is constructed through the different degree of learning, using and understanding of Chinese language in the students’ respective educational contexts. Results of statistical analysis reveal significant higher score in NSS sample with a more salient Chinese identity despite having a disadvantaged learning environment for the Chinese language. The comparative analysis sought to provide significant justification and discussion of the Chinese identity construction of Chinese secondary school students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese identity; Ethnic identity; Identity construction; Language education; Multicultural society; Secondary education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 01:29
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 01:29
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/21885

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