Language and National Identity in Asia is a comprehensive introduction to the role of language in the construction and development of nations and national identities in Asia. Leading scholars from all over the world investigate the role languages have played and now play in the formation of the national and social identity in countries throughout South, East, and Southeast Asia. They consider the relation of the regions' languages to national, ethnic, and cultural identity, and examine the status of and interactions between majority, official, and minority languages. Illustrated with maps and accessibly written this book will interest all those concerned to understand the dynamics of social change in some of the most important countries in the world. It will appeal to all those studying, researching, or teaching issues in Asian society, language, and politics from a comparative perspective.
Andrew Simpson is professor of linguistics in the Departments of Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures in the University of Southern California. For many years, he has lived, worked and carried out research in various countries in East, Southeast and South Asia, and has published extensively on a wide range of topics relating to Asian languages. Currently he is also joint general editor of the Journal of East Asian Linguistics.
Contents ; List of Maps ; Notes on Contributors ; 1. Language and National Identity in Asia: A Thematic Introduction ; PART I SOUTH ASIA ; 2. Bangladesh ; 3. India ; 4. Nepal and the Eastern Himalayas ; 5. Pakistan ; 6. Sri Lanka ; PART II EAST ASIA ; 7. China ; 8. Hong Kong ; 9. Japan ; 10. North and South Korea ; 11. Taiwan ; PART III SOUTHEAST ASIA ; 12. Burma/Myanmar ; 13. Cambodia ; 14. Indonesia ; 15. Malaysia ; 16. The Philippines ; 17. Singapore ; 18. Thailand and Laos ; 19. Vietnam ; References ; Index