1st Edition

The Sociolinguistics of Global Asias

Edited By Jerry Won Lee Copyright 2022
    228 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The volume explores the social, cultural, and historical forms of “language” that have come to be associated with “Asia” as a global phenomenon and their implications for better understanding the contemporary linguistic and political landscape in Asias.

    The book examines the flows of migration, people, cultures, and language resources within, across, through, to, and from Asias in tandem with social, political, and ideological factors, drawing on case studies of global iterations of a wide range of Asian national and cultural imaginaries. In so doing, the volume builds on the growing body of scholarship on the sociolinguistics of globalization in its critical inquiries into the linguistic and cultural practices that have come to be constitutive of national or supranational localities toward unpacking the forces of globalization more broadly.

    This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars interested in sociolinguistics, multilingualism, linguistic anthropology, Asian Studies, and Asian American studies.



    List of Contributors

    List of Figures


    1. Toward a sociolinguistics of global Asias – Jerry Won Lee

    Section I: Linguistic and spatial cartographies of global Asias

    2. Raciolinguistic construction of Southeast Asia in Korean cartographies of language – Joseph Sung-Yul Park

    3. Visual multilingualism and the making of Chinese space in Nepal – Bal Krishna Sharma & Prem Phyak

    4. Managing the shikumen chronotope, constructing a cosmopolitan place: A case study of Xintiandi in global Shanghai – Fengzhi Zhao

    Section II: Identities and itineraries in the sociolinguistics of global Asias

    5. What it is like in words: Sociolinguistic itineraries and afterlives in global Asias – Lisa Lim

    6. Tales of Filipinos in Brunei Darussalam: Identities, cultural flows, histories, and personal narratives – Chester Keasberry, Phan Le Ha, & Yabit Alas

    7. Shape shifting across global Korea: Identity performances of mixed-race Korean heritage speakers – Samantha Harris

    Section III: Translingual imaginaries of global Asias

    8. Translingual entrepreneurship and the deterritorialization of Singlish – Eunice Ying Ci Lim & Suresh Canagarajah

    9. Digital translingual space in Bangladesh: Space of creativity, criticality, or bigotry? – Shaila Sultana

    10. The global translinguistics of Bengali Muslims: Articulations of the Umma through the premodern Islamic genres – Shakil Rabbi

    11. Translingualism and social media: The expression of intense emotions of Mongolian background immigrant women in Australia – Ana Tankosić, Stephanie Dryden, & Sender Dovchin

    Section IV: Reimagining the "givens" of the sociolinguistics of global Asias

    12. Becoming and unbecoming Asian in Sydney – Emi Otsuji & Alastair Pennycook

    13. Worlds and users of Asian Englishes: Decentering language in the sociolinguistics of global Asias – Ruanni Tupas

    Afterword: History in a sociolinguistics of Global Asias – Beatriz Lorente


    Jerry Won Lee is an associate professor of applied linguistics in the Department of English at the University of California, Irvine, where he also serves as affiliate faculty in the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, and Asian American Studies.