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Negotiating Bilingual & Bicultural Identities

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  • Donald Z. Osborn
    Of possible interest... DZO Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 10:18:54 -0400 (EDT) From: Susan.Barker Subject: Negotiating Bilingual and
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      Of possible interest... DZO

      Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 10:18:54 -0400 (EDT)
      From: Susan.Barker <Susan.Barker@...>
      Subject: Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities: Kanno

      Title: Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities
      Subtitle: Japanese Returnees Betwixt Two Worlds

      Publication Year: 2003
      Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

      Author: Yasuko Kanno, University of Washington

      Hardback: ISBN: 0805841539, Pages: 200, Price: U.S. $: 45.00
      Paperback: ISBN: 0805841547, Pages: 200, Price: U.S. $: 18.50


      This book examines the changing linguistic and cultural identities of
      bilingual students through the narratives of four Japanese returnees
      (kikokushijo) as they spent their adolescent years in North America
      and then returned to Japan to attend university.

      As adolescents, these students were polarized toward one language and
      culture over the other, but through a period of difficult readjustment
      in Japan they became increasingly more sophisticated in negotiating
      their identities and more appreciative of their hybrid selves. Kanno
      analyzes how educational institutions both in their host and home
      countries, societal recognition or devaluation of bilingualism, and
      the students' own maturation contributed to shaping and transforming
      their identities over time. Using narrative inquiry and communities of
      practice as a theoretical framework, she argues that it is possible
      for bilingual individuals to learn to strike a balance between two
      languages and cultures.

      Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities: Japanese Returnees
      Betwixt Two Worlds:

      *is a longitudinal study of bilingual and bicultural
      identities--unlike most studies of bilingual learners, this book
      follows the same bilingual youths from adolescence to young adulthood;

      *documents student perspectives--redressing the neglect of student
      voice in much educational research, and offering educators an
      understanding of what the experience of learning English and becoming
      bilingual and bicultural looks like from the students' point of view;

      *contributes to the study of language, culture, and identity by
      demonstrating that for bilingual individuals, identity is not a simple
      choice of one language and culture but an ongoing balancing act of
      multiple languages and cultures.

      This book will interest researchers, educators, and graduate students
      who are concerned with the education and personal growth of bilingual
      learners, and will be useful as text for courses in ESL/bilingual
      education, TESOL, applied linguistics, and multicultural education.

      Lingfield(s): Language Acquisition
      Second Language

      Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)
      Japanese (Language Code: JPN)

      Written In: English (Language Code: English)

      See this book announcement on our website:
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