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By Donghui Zhang

Zhang reports 3 domain names of acculturation--language attitudes, cultural participation and social network--in relation to domestic language upkeep. Her effects point out that whereas most folks use chinese language as their dominant language, the vast majority of the second-generation young ones favor utilizing English. different language attitudes and personal tastes accompany inter-generational clash. mom and dad see domestic language upkeep as severe to relations solidarity and second-generation little ones develop into language and cultural agents in the family members. Co-ethnic networks, together with nuclear family ties, childrens s co-ethnic friends, and the co-ethnic neighborhood, are very important forces that give a contribution to childrens s domestic language upkeep.

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The interplay of social network and language maintenance/shift contributes to the formation of one’s group identity and therefore is part of the immigrants’ acculturation in the host country. In the present study on Chinese language maintenance, the social network perspective is drawn upon to describe the Chinese immigrant families’ possibilities of interacting with the surrounding communities, their opportunities for speaking the heritage language, and how all of these experiences change their cultural and social identities across time and space.

These top ten states together have 70% of the total Chinese population in the US, with half of the Chinese living in just two states: California and New York. Therefore, the Chinese population is most concentrated in the eastern and western coastal areas, with smaller concentrations scattered throughout the US. Paul, Minnesota, metropolitan area. In these urban counties, the Chinese are typically located in the suburbs of large metropolitan areas or near colleges or universities. Table 8 shows the top ten big cities with the largest Asian population (due to the lack of specific information on Chinese).

Malayalees were still interacting socially with more of their own kind than with members of other ethnic groups but the language of interaction was increasingly shifting to English. Therefore, Govindasamy & Nambiar (2003) argued that the immigrant community responds more to the opportunities and pressures of its external environment which provides better chances of social mobility to English-speaking individuals, instead of adhering to the old patterns of social interaction in the network. Language is always used within a social environment.

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