The English Language and Schooling
This chapter follows the lead of Pennycook's study concerning the relationships between the English language and colonialism. It notes that Pennycook warns that to characterize colonialism according to simple stereotypes of a colonizer's oppression and exploitation of a colonized people draws attention away from the constant cultural and micropolitical operations of colonialism, although the complexities of related issues co-exist with the daily presence of simple dichotomizing. It notes however, that the focus in this chapter limits itself neither to colonial discourses in a narrow sense nor to Hong Kong per se; rather, it pits the colonialism-English relationships against the complex formation of collaborative colonial power in both Hong Kong and China. It shows that the privileged status of English-language education in Hong Kong was more likely to stem from irregular changes in policy and societal orientation than from an ingrained imperialist imperative.
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