[lg policy] Book notice: Globalization of Language and Culture in Asia

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Title: Globalization of Language and Culture in Asia

Editor: Viniti Vaish

Series Title: Advances in Sociolinguistics

Published: 2010

Publisher: Continuum

Book URL:


Hardcover: $140.00


The impact of globalization processes on language is an emergent field
in sociolinguistics.  To date there has not been an in-depth look at
this in Asia, although Asia includes the two most populous globalizing
economies of the world, India and China.

Covering the major themes in the field of globalization and language,
this book will take a look at topics such as English emerging as the
medium of instruction for subjects like mathematics and science.
Another theme is the rise of Mandarin as a potentially 'global'
language networking the Chinese diaspora.  The cultural contexts of
Asia, specifically the Sinic, Hindu and Islamic civilizations give the
processes of globalization and language a unique dimension.

This book is suitable for researchers and postgraduate students in all
fields of sociolinguistic enquiry.


Introduction, Viniti Vaish (Centre for Research and Pedagogy, National
Institute of Education, Singapore)

1.Global Mandarin, Goh Yeng Seng & Lim Seok Lai (Asian Languages and
Literature, National Institute of Education, Singapore)

2. Muslim education and globalization: the Re-(de)positioning of
languages and curriculum content in South East Asia, Saeda Buang
(Asian Languages and Literature, National Institute of Education,

3. Language Idealism and Realism in Globalization – exploring
homogeneity beliefs in Japan, Masakazu Iino (School of International
Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Japan)

4. Linguistic Capital, Study Mothers and the Transnational Family in
Singapore, Phyllis Ghim Chew (Nanyang Technological University,

5. Globalization and English Teaching in Sri Lanka: Foreign Resources
and Local Responses, Kaushalya Parera and Suresh Canagarajah (Baruch
College, New York, USA)

6. Pedagogy, Culture and Globalization in India, Viniti Vaish (Centre
for Research and Pedagogy, National Institute of Education, Singapore)

7. Flows of Technology: Mandarin in Cyberspace, Shouhui Zhao (Centre
for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, Singapore)

8. Globalization and South Korea’s EPIK, Mihyon Jeon (York University, Canada)

9. Globalization and Language-in-Education Policy Shift in Malaysia:
Challenges of Implementation, Saran Kaur Gill, Radha Nambiar, Noraini
Ibrahim, Tan Kim Hua (University Kebangsgaan, Malaysia)

10. Globalization: Medium of Instruction Policy, Indigeneous
Educational System and ELT in Sri Lanka, Indika Liyanage (Griffith
University, Australia)


"Vaish's volume explores the many and varied intersections between
applied linguistics and globlalization studies. This methodologically
and theoretically diverse set of papers take us into new territory,
both geographically and conceptually, engaging the reader with novel
data and new ways of asking old questions."
- Kendall A. King, Associate Professor, Second Languages and Cultures,
University of Minnesota, USA

“This timely collection of papers, focusing on an area of the world
that continues to take center-stage in geopolitics, offers incisive
analyses of how processes of globalization and transnationalism are
experienced ‘on the ground.’ Viniti Vaish has succeeded in assembling
a volume that offers fresh perspectives on the intersection of
language with education, policy, culture, and technology across an
impressive range of Asian polities.”
- Francis M. Hult, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

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