Panel Discussion: Linguistic Diversity, Language Identity, and Multiculturalism in Asia and Implications for PSU

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Cost / Admission
Free with Registration

“Monolingual Americans” is frequently heard to describe U.S. citizens, but linguistic and cultural diversity is an unequivocal reality in today’s world. This panel, moderated by Japanese professor and Institute for Asian Studies director Suwako Watanabe, will present the issues surrounding linguistic and cultural diversity such as language identity and policy. Dr. Sharon Carsten shares her study on code-switching phenomena and heteroglossic identities among Chinese Malaysians. Dr. Yer Thao will talk about the loss of the Mong/Hmong cultural heritage and their native language and the important role of language in promoting educational success. Dr. Kim Brown will address general issues concerning multiculturalism and language identity. The panel will also present implications for the PSU student population as well as the PSU campus community. 

Conversational Codeswitching in Polylingual Malaysia
Sharon Carsten, Professor Emerita, Anthropology, PSU

Mong/Hmong Language, Culture, and Tradition
Yer Jeff Thao, Professor, Education, PSU

Language Identity and Multilingualism in the 21st Century: Self and Other in our Globalizing World
Kimberly Brown, Professor, Applied Linguistics, PSU

The event is presented by the Institute for Asian Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Literatures.


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