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).

Diaspora Politics

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amy h. liu

I am interested in the informal institutions within diaspora communities and between these communities and the host country. 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.

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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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Language Politics