Racialised Language Ideologies Challenging the Educational Opportunities of South Asian Students in Hong Kong

Wai-chi Chee*

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    Abstract

    Compared to the general student population in Hong Kong, South Asian students are well-documented to be challenged by disproportionate academic underachievement. Although research has suggested structural constraints (e.g., limited school choice) to be a significant cause, government interventions often downplay structural barriers and instead highlight South Asians’ “language deficit,” creating a linguistic hierarchy and leading to exclusionary practices and segregation in schools. The Education Bureau prioritises a Hong Kong centric assimilationist approach that upholds Chinese as the linguistic and cultural standard. Such monocultural assumptions set desirable Chinese proficiency as a prerequisite for social integration. The prestigious status of English in education and business further complicates the situation. This chapter unravels how the academic opportunities of South Asian students in Hong Kong are challenged by racialised linguistic ideologies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of South Asian Migrations
    EditorsAjaya K. Sahoo
    Place of PublicationLondon and New York
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter7
    Pages90-100
    Number of pages11
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003327363
    ISBN (Print)9781032355443, 9781032355450
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2023

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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