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The Future of English in Asia

Perspectives on language and literature, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael O'Sullivan, David Huddart, Carmen Lee


302 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This collection is unique in bringing together key thinkers on language and literature to discuss the future of English in Asia. Many of the contributors are themselves responsible for important sub-genres in English linguistics and literary studies and this collection gives them the opportunity to respond to each other directly. The different chapters also respond to different contemporary debates and emerging trends and discourses that are hugely important for the future of English language teaching in schools across Asia.

This volume is also ground-breaking in bringing English literary studies and Applied English Linguistics together in the contemporary Asian context. The Future of English in Asia includes studies on the following subject areas:

Cultural Translation in World Englishes, Multilingual Education, English Futures and the function of Literature, English Literary Studies in Japan, and English and Social Media in Asia. Well into this century, it appears that it is still very difficult to know what to expect when it comes to the future of English. The future of English will continue to be determined by complex local contexts. As it has in other parts of the world, the future of English in Asia will continue to rely on the proliferation of its transformations as much as its hegemonic status. This volume reflects the widespread acknowledgement that whatever future English has will inevitably be shaped by its fate in Asia.

The collection will be a welcome resource for scholars and students of English linguistics, English literary studies, and topics related to the teaching of English in Asia.


“This book is successful in highlighting the struggles of people in Asia to accommodate to the tide of globalisation while maintaining their own cultural and linguistic values.” - Nobuyuki Hino, Osaka University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Future of English in Asia Andy Kirkpatrick 3. The World’s Other Languages How Native-Speaker Linguistic Traditions Can Make a Difference to Minority Languages Nicholas Ostler 4. ‘We Must Make a People’: Cultural Translation in World Englishes David Huddart 5. The Most Misunderstood Title in the World? Recontextualizing Roy Harris’ inaugural lecture ‘The worst English in the world?’ Adrian Pablé 6. Beyond ‘Variety’ and ‘Community’: A Conceptual Challenge for the Study of English in Asia Andrew Sewell 7. Constructing Categories in a Multilingual Hong Kong School Kara Fleming 8. Participating in English in Social Media: The Case of Chinese Users of the Photo-sharing Site Flickr Carmen Lee 9. English Futures: the Function of Literature Bill Ashcroft 10. The Medium is the Massage: Writing, Reading and the Work of Singaporean Literature in the Age of Social Media Eddie Tay 11. Literature Minus the Local: Assessing the Viability of a Taught Postgraduate Program in Literary Studies in Contemporary Hong Kong Stuart Christie 12. ‘In Need of a Foreign Trademark’: English Literature in Mainland China Graham Matthews 13. In Dialogue: Contesting the Politics of Globalization in Hong Kong Literature in English Michael Tsang 14. Trilingual Education in Inner Mongolia—Signposts for the future of English in Asia? Bob Adamson and Yi Yayuan 15. Reppraising Anglophone Literature for Japanese Students in a Globalized Society: Developing a Resilient Life Akiyoshi Suzuki 16. Reconfiguring English Literary Studies in the Japanese Academy Myles Chilton 17. English Literature Education in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Japan: Student reception, utility, and its place in a moral education Michael O’Sullivan 18. Tiếng Anh: Learning English: From Inertia to Hegemony and Deliverance Susan D’Aloia

About the Editors


Michael O’Sullivan is Associate Professor of English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

David Huddart is Associate Professor of English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Carmen Lee is Associate Professor of English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in World Englishes

Being one of the fastest developing areas of linguistic research, World Englishes has received increasing attention in the research scholarship. There have been published monographs and books series which focus on various aspects of the spread of English across the world. However, given the burgeoning development in the field and growing demand from researchers and educators for relevant resources, there is a need to update some of the existing research and, more importantly, there is an exigency to extend the research scholarship to areas that have not hitherto received due attention. These are also the research gaps this proposed book series hopes to fill, in particular, the need for rigorous features-based and empirically-driven studies on World Englishes.

This Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics book series will provide a starting point for those who wish to know more about the aspects of the spread of English in the current globalized world. Each volume can cover the following aspects of the study of World Englishes: issues and theoretical paradigms, feature-based studies (i.e. phonetics and phonology, syntax, lexis) and language in use (e.g. education, media, the law and other related disciplines). It will contain a comprehensive bibliography of works published on the particular areas at the end of the book.

The aims of the series are

  • To add to and, if possible, break new ground on the existing research on World Englishes;
  • To explore some new varieties of Englishes that have not been previously documented;
  • To provide rigorous features-based studies on varieties of World Englishes;
  • To investigate the issues and theoretical paradigms surrounding the sociolinguistic aspects of the study of World Englishes;
  • To provide an up-to-date documentation of language in use, in education, and language policy issues in World Englishes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General