Category Archives: Working Papers

Raman, S. & Tan, S. H. (2015) on Chinese Education in Malaysia

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For those who are interested in the problems and challenges of Chinese education, here’s a recently published working paper on the Malaysian example:




Rampton (2015) on what’s going to happen to Applied Linguistics?

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How is Applied Linguistics as a field affected by social and technological changes?  This short article is divided into two parts. The first contains comments on how higher education is changing in Britain, and the second, some suggestions about how the changes are going to affect applied linguistics in a country like Britain. Read on: applied-linguistics-next-10-years.pdf


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The Linguistics Journal (Sept 2009, Special Edition)

The Linguistics Journal: Language, Culture and Identity in Asia.  (September 2009  Special Edition).

Table of Contents:
-1. Language, Culture and Identity through English as a Lingua Franca in Asia: Notes from the Field

2. Ruth M.H. Wong  (Page 36 – 62)
Identity Change: Overseas Students Returning to Hong Kong

3. Jules Winchester  (Page 63 – 81)
The Self Concept, Culture and Cultural Identity: An Examination of the Verbal Expression of the Self Concept in an Intercultural Context

4. Reza Ghafar Samar & Babak Mahdavy (Page 82 – 100)
-Identities in the Headlines of Iranian National Newspapers

5. Rula L. Diab (Page 101 – 120)
Lebanese University Students’ Perceptions of Ethnic, National, and Linguistic Identity and Their Preferences for Foreign Language Learning in Lebanon

6. Nazl Baykal  (Page 121 – 154)
-The Discursive Construction of Ethnic Identity: Sulukule Case, Turkey

7. Maya Khemlani David, Francesco Cavallaro, & Paolo Coluzzi (Page 155 – 191)
-Language Policies – Impact on Language Maintenance and Teaching: Focus on Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines

8. Francesco Cavallaro & Tania Rahman (Page 192 – 220)
-The Santals of Bangladesh




Student presentation at the Inaugural Biennial Conference on Malaysian Chinese Studies 2012

Qinxian, G. (2012). Inaugural Biennial Conference on Malaysian Chinese Studies 2012-Guo_QinJian. Department of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University. Nanyang Technological University.

Abstract as provided by author:

Malaysia is a nation that has a diverse population of Malays, Chinese and Indians. The nation’s abundant natural resources, including tin and rubber, make her an important trading partner of many nations. Global Leadership and Organizational Behaviour Effectiveness (GLOBE)’s survey reported that Malaysia is a nation that values collectivism, humanism and respects authority. While Malaysia has its unique cultural characteristics which are strongly influenced by Islam, it is important for overseas Chinese leaders to consider indigenous Chinese concepts, especially face (mianzi), relational ties (guanxi) and human affection (renqing). Business leaders and scholars have confirmed the value of these Chinese concepts in management and strategy across various regions in the world. However, the powerful influence of these socio-cultural concepts is often overlooked in Southeast Asian region. Therefore, this presentation aims to: (1) introduce the psychology behind the dynamic concepts of Chinese face (mianzi), relational ties (guanxi) and human affection (renqing), (2) highlight the managerial and strategic implications of these Chinese concepts in Malaysia business environment, and (3) recommend measures to leverage on these Chinese values for Chinese business leaders.

The contents of this report are the intellectual property of the author. No part of this report may be circulated or reproduced without explicit permission from the author.


Book chapter — Vietnam

Chew, C. L. G. (2009). Vietnam. In Bargiela, F. (Ed.), Handbook of business discourse (pp. 372-386). [S.l.] Edinburg Univ Press.  Retrieved from

The following is extracted from the beginning of the chapter:

“As an initial step towards locating Vietnam on the business discourse map, this chapter …… emphasises the understanding of the Vietnamese culture as a way of enhancing cultural literacy in this era of globalisation. By doing so, it hopes not only to broaden and deepen understanding of the topic but also to stimulate the development of research in business discourse.”