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Beyond Yellow EnglishToward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America$
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Angela Reyes and Adrienne Lo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327359.001.0001

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Illegitimate Speakers of English

Illegitimate Speakers of English

Negotiation of Linguistic Identity among Korean International Students

(p.195) 12 Illegitimate Speakers of English
Beyond Yellow English

Joseph Sung‐Yul Park

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the relevance of international students for the study of Asian Pacific American identities. Despite dominant views that frame them as “foreigners” with no place in the constitution of American society, these students transcend such distinctions by reinterpreting and reformulating their experiences of transnationalism through discourse. This chapter traces this process through an analysis of how a group of Korean graduate students studying in the United States deploy and resignify discursive practices associated with Korean society to make sense of their positions within a network of new relational oppositions. In particular, it focuses on how language ideologies that construct Koreans as illegitimate speakers of English are used as a resource for negotiating the students' liminal status in the United States.

Keywords:   international students, transnationalism, identity, ideology, Korea, United States, English

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