Language and Migrant Networks

Language and Ethnic Identity

I am interested in the languages used within migrant communities and how linguistic networks affect political attitudes. I study the Chinese in Eastern Europe. My surveys of the Chinese migrants are the largest to have ever been done in the region. I was previously a Fulbright US Scholar (Romania) and a CAORC Multi-Country Fellow (Bulgaria and Hungary). I teach about the Chinese diaspora in my East European Politics course.

Associate Professor

University of Texas at Austin

158 W. 21st Street, Stop A1800

Austin, TX 78712-1704

Tel: +1 512 232 7249

Fax: +1 512 471 1061

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amy h. liu

My book (2015 University of Pennsylvania) and other papers focus on the political nature of languages. Why do governments recognize some languages but not others? What are the social and economic consequences of linguistic recognition? I explore these topics in my Ethnic Politics and Southeast Asian Politics courses. I am currently a board member of IPSA's RC-50 (Language and Politics).

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