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Title: Language policy in British colonial education : evidence from Nineteenth Century Hong Kong
Authors: Evans, S 
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Source: Journal of educational administration and history, 2006, v. 38, no. 3, p. 293-312 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of educational administration and history 
Abstract: This article examines the evolution of language‐in‐education policy in Hong Kong during the first six decades of British rule (1842–1902). In particular, it analyses the changing roles and status of the English and Chinese languages during this formative period in the development of the colony’s education system. The textual and statistical data presented in the article provide a corrective to the claim that the British imposed English on their colonial subjects and in the process rode roughshod over the indigenous languages. The evidence suggests that Hong Kong’s education system provided opportunities for native students to attend purely Chinese schools, purely English schools or mixed‐medium schools. Although the British apparently attached more importance to English teaching, they were generally at pains to emphasise that English should not be studied at the expense of Chinese. The findings indicate that language policy (be it Chinese or English in orientation) was always tied in some way to Britain’s political and economic interests in the region.
ISSN: 0022-0620 (print)
1478-7431 (online)
DOI: 10.1080/00220620600984214
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