Language Policy

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 119–134 | Cite as

Competing Identities, Common Issues: Teaching (in) Putonghua



This article analyzes the development of programs using Putonghua (the official spoken language of the Peoples’ Republic of China) as the medium of instruction (MOI) in local and international Hong Kong schools. The article compares the complex and shifting reasons for the development of such programs, arguing that both global economic and social-ideological factors are implicated, as trans-nationals and nation-states reinvent Self and Other in pursuit of new and multiple identities (Rizvi, 2000).


certification of learning Chinese language education curriculum planning identity discourses language policy and planning medium of instruction Putonghua and Cantonese 



Curriculum Development Institute


General Certificate of Secondary Education


Chinese International School


Cantonese as a Second Language


Education and Manpower Bureau


International Baccalaureate


Language policy and planning


Medium of Instruction


People’s Republic of China


Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


Hong Kong Certificate of Education


Special Administrative Region


United Kingdom


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Hong KongPokfulamHong Kong, SAR, China

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