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Bilingual Education and Minority Language Maintenance in China

The Role of Schools in Saving the Yi Language


  • Offers insights on the Yi minority in China from an educationalist perspective

  • Compares the Chinese educational policies and practices as applied over the past 30 years

  • Contains indepth interviews with members of the Yi community, photographs of the linguistic landscape that surrounds them

  • Investigates the language attitudes and cultural identities of Yi students


Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Lubei Zhang, Linda Tsung
    Pages 1-22
  3. Lubei Zhang, Linda Tsung
    Pages 23-37
  4. Lubei Zhang, Linda Tsung
    Pages 39-70
  5. Lubei Zhang, Linda Tsung
    Pages 71-84
  6. Lubei Zhang, Linda Tsung
    Pages 85-111
  7. Lubei Zhang, Linda Tsung
    Pages 113-147

About this book


This book looks closely at Yi bilingual education practice in the southwest of China from an educationalist’s perspective and, in doing so, provides an insight toward our understanding of minority language maintenance and bilingual education implementation in China. The book provides an overview on the Yi people since 1949, their history, society, culture, customs and languages. Adopting the theory of language ecology, data was collected among different Yi groups and case studies were focused on Yi bilingual schools. By looking into the application of the Chinese government’s multilingual language and education policy over the last 30 years with its underlying language ideology and practices the book reveals the de facto language policy by analyzing the language management at school level, the linguistic landscape around the Yi community, as well as the language attitude and cultural identities held by present Yi students, teachers and parents. The book is relevant for anyone looking to more deeply understand bilingual education and language maintenance in today’s global context. 


Linguistic landscape Multilingual language policy for minorities in China Yi language or Han language Yi ethnic school Language ideology Yi-Han bilingual education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Southwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bilingual Education and Minority Language Maintenance in China
  • Book Subtitle The Role of Schools in Saving the Yi Language
  • Authors Lubei Zhang
    Linda Tsung
  • Series Title Multilingual Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Multilingual Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-03453-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-03454-2
  • Series ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-3216
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 165
  • Number of Illustrations 56 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    Minority Languages
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