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Title: Inspiring Bilingualism: Chinese-Canadian Mothers' Stories
Authors: Ko, Gina
Supervisor(s): Wong, Gina (Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Perry, Beth (Centre for Nursing & Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Melrose, Sherri (Centre for Nursing & Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Degree: Master of Counselling
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: bilingualism
narrative inquiry
Issue Date: 2-May-2014
Abstract: The experience of Chinese mothers who pass on their native language to their children with partners who do not speak the native language, has not been explored in the literature. Consequently, the research puzzle, using a narrative inquiry approach is, “What are the lived experiences of bilingualism from the perspective of Chinese-Canadian mothers who have passed on their native language to their children?” Five common threads emerged as (1) mother’s pride in bilingualism, (2) bilingualism matters despite the absence of emotional connection with our mothers, (3) mothering with intention, (4) linguistic hopes and dreams for our bilingual children, and (5) determination to raise our children as bilingual beings. There were also two differing threads: (1) the bilingual education of our children, and (2) angst in passing on the language. The discussion, conclusion, limitations, and future directions complete this research expedition.
Graduation Date: Jun-2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/48
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