English’s Influence on the Cultural Identity of Chinese People in the Context of Globalization

Benbin LIANG


The widespread of English in the context of globalization places great influence on the cultural identity of mainland China. This paper argues that the influence is not completely negative. China’s growing importance in the world may counterbalance English’s challenges to Chinese cultural identity, and create a more confident cultural identity in the world with the help of


English; Globalization; Cultural identity; Chinese

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