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Language Socialization in Chinese Diasporas
Indexicality of Confucian Ideologies in Family Talk

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ISBN 9781032028668
September 17, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
206 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The monograph provides ethnographically informed analyses of indigenous kin interactions in three Chinese diasporic households in the county of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Drawing upon the approach that regards talk as a form of social practice, the book demonstrates different ways in which kin relationships are indigenously orchestrated by foreign Chinese parents and their American-born children.

Micro-analytically, social actions of membership categorization, attribution, deference, compliance, commands, and story-telling that unfold in kin interactions are foregrounded as key language devices to discuss ways in which epistemic asymmetry, power hierarchy, and harmony in kin relations are constructed or deconstructed in Chinese diasporic social lives. By way of illustration, the monograph, macro-analytically, speaks to the cultural stereotype of Chinese immigrant/foreign parents’ style of parenting when they pass on the traditional Confucian ideologies in kin interaction.

This book can be a useful reference textbook for graduate courses that address the dynamic intricacy among language, culture, and society.

Table of Contents








I. Theoretical Standpoint, Methodology, and Ethnography of Data Corpus

1. Theoretical standpoints

    1. Overview of the book
    2. Bourdieusian underpinnings for second language acquisition
    3. Language socialization as a conceptual paradigm
    4. Participation framework
    5. Conversation analysis as an analytic apparatus
    6. Outline of the book

2. Ethnography of participating families

    1. Collection of digital data

2.2 Ethnography of participating families

2.2.1 The Culver City Family (A)

2.2.2 The Pasadena Family (B)

2.2.3 The Diamond Bar Family (C)

2.3 Transcription of digital data

2.4 Points of departure for analyses

II. Becoming a Member of Chinese Diasporas in the U.S.

3. Power Asymmetry as Process of Socialization to Filial Piety and Obedience

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Interdisciplinary approach to power in interaction

3.3 Co-construction of authoritarian practices

3.3.1 Actions of deference by Children

3.3.2 Mitigated moves of resistance against privilege denials

3.3.3 Compliance adjacent to effective power

3.3.4 Conditional threats as aggravated words of control

3.4 Co-construction of authoritative practices

3.4.1 Actions that threaten parental esteem

3.4.2 Recycles of commands

3.4.3 Shepherding as aggravated embodied control

3.5 Concluding remarks

4. Epistemic Asymmetry as Process of Socialization to Sense of Shame

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Membership categorization, positioning, & socialization to ethnic identity

    1. From negativity to interdependent self

4.3.1 Values of positive assessable downplayed

4.3.2 Negative assessable as a joint focus of attention

4.3.3 Epistemic asymmetry underscored over actions of contrast

4.4 Socialization techniques in the shame-socialized culture

4.5 Socialization to individualistic self-esteem

4.6 Concluding remarks

III. Indexical Ideologies of Confucius Thoughts

5. Ethical Order as Basis of Harmonious Kin Relations

5.1 An issue with competing opinions

5.2 Socialization to the ethical order in kin relations

5.3 Co-constriction of harmonious kin relations

5.3.1 Embodied displays of adoration in parent-child relations

5.3.2 Embodied displays of cohesion among siblings

5.4 Harmony kin relations in disguise

5.5 Concluding remarks

6. Conclusion & Discussion

6.1 A recap of the major findings

6.2 Indexical orders of Confucius ideologies

6.3 Implications for heritage language socialization and instruction




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Hsin-fu Chiu is Associate Professor of Chinese at the California State University, Los Angeles. Trained at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Chiu is a conversation/discourse analyst, interactional sociolinguist, and linguistic anthropologist. For him, human sociality and cognitive processes do not exist within the individual, but rather across symbolically mediated interactions among members of a social group. To document trajectories of human development, Dr. Chiu employs a range of qualitative methods (including participation observation, sociolinguistic interviews, video-recording, and analysis of textual documents) and conducts his research on language socialization in Chinese diasporas and second/foreign language acquisition of Chinese in the classroom and beyond.