Community Support for Korean as a Heritage Language in the United States

Authored by: Jin Sook Lee

Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States

Print publication date:  January  2014
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415520669
eBook ISBN: 9780203122419
Adobe ISBN: 9781136332494


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Korean is spoken by approximately 70 million people in the world (Lewis, 2009) and by more than one million Koreans in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). With increasing mobility and language contact in these global times, the number of heritage language speakers in the United States and the need to better understand heritage language maintenance issues continue to grow. Although heritage language maintenance efforts begin in the home, community involvement in the maintenance of Korean as a heritage language has been pivotal throughout the history of Korean immigration to the United States, starting with the first Korean heritage language school in Hawaii in 1906 (You, 2011).

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