Dr. Huamei Han

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Research Profile

My research centers on language learning, multilingualism, and socioeconomic inclusion of linguistically marginalized individuals and groups in globalization, who often are also marginalized along the lines of race, class, religion, and gender.

Building on traditional TESOL research, I work at the intersection of Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Anthropology, Education, and Migration and Globalization Studies. My past projects examined language learning among adult immigrants in east Canada and multilingual practices among youths at minority churches in west Canada.

Since 2009, I have been conducting fieldwork in China and Africa, mostly southern Africa, and investigating and theorizing China-Africa trade migration and grassroots multilingualism emerged in these contexts. Additionally, a multi-year, multi-site collaborative project exploring intra-group dynamics and social inclusion/exclusion within and across Chinese communities in Canada has been underway since 2014.

Research Highlights

Grassroots multilingualism in Africa Town in China

Grassroots multilingualism in Africa-China trade migration: “China shops” in Namibia and South Africa

Intra-group dynamics and social exclusion: Experiences of Chinese in Canada in Community Relations