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50th Anniversary Linguistics Colloquium | U.S. Chinese-Immigrant Families’ Efforts to Decolonize Dominant Language Ideologies Through Chinese Language Maintenance, April 15

The Linguistics Colloquium series presents Ohio University alumna Nuo Xu discussing “U.S. Chinese-Immigrant Families’ Efforts to Decolonize Dominant Language Ideologies Through Chinese Language Maintenance ” on Friday, April 15,  from 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. via Microsoft TEAMS.

Contact Dr. David Bell, associate professor and chair of Linguistics at Ohio University.


Xu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Education, Culture & Society at the University of Utah and earned an M.A. Applied Linguistics from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2016.


Abstract: With the Covid-19 pandemic eliciting anti-Asian racism, linguicism, and xenophobia targeting U.S. Chinese and other Asians (Ziems et al., 2020), heritage language maintenance (HLM) issues became especially relevant to the U.S. Chinese immigrant families. This study used a decolonial approach to interrogate the coloniality and legitimacy of dominant English-only language ideologies which influence family language policy in Chinese families. My research explored how the U.S. Chinese immigrant parents use language practices associated with their language management plan to decolonize dominant standard English language ideologies in their childrenI will discuss HLM management and practices the Chinese parents employ and their language ideologies reflected through their decolonizing practices. Since decolonization entails new ways of understanding inequalities in education, this presentation will end by discussing how to facilitate families’ and educators’ critical ideological awareness in their HLM efforts.


About Linguistics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration


“We are really looking forward to everyone joining us again this spring, either live in person or via Microsoft TEAMS Fridays 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. to celebrate our anniversary,” said Dr. David Bell, chair of the Linguistics Department, who also invited alumni and friends to add their names to the donor wall by making a gift, of whatever amount, to the Linguistics Department’s general support fund.


He noted that all funds go to support our students’ registration and travel expenses to conferences where they will present their research.


“And please stay in touch! Send us a message on our Linguistics FB page at,” he added.

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