Weaving outwards from a centripetal force of biographical stances, this book presents the collective perspectives of literacy researchers from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan. It represents the first all-Asian initiative to showcase the region’s post-colonial, multilingual and multicultural narratives of literacy education. This book provides a much-needed platform that initiates important conversations about literacy as a sociocultural practice in a region that is both challenged and shaped by sociocultural influence unique to Asia’s historical and geopolitical trajectory. Driven by the authors’ lived experiences of becoming literate as well as their empirical research work in later years, each chapter brings decades of biographical narratives and collective empirical research findings to bear. Within the book are negotiations about literacy across and within home and school contexts; transactions of literature, text and reader; and considerations of the literacy policy-practice nexus. These trajectories, while divergent in their issues, come together as shared lived experience located in local contexts considered through global perspectives. As Asia looks set to become the 21st century’s new economic and labour force, the need to understand the sociocultural milieu of this region cannot be understated. This book on literacy education in Asia contributes to the larger narrative.

chapter |16 pages


BySu Li Chong

part Part 1|52 pages

Negotiating lived literacy across and within home-school contexts

chapter 1|18 pages

Negotiating school literacy from preschool to adulthood

Examples from Singapore
ByMukhlis Abu Bakar

chapter 2|16 pages

Where literacy practices collide

Exploring the relationship between home–school language and literacy practices of minority indigenous children from underprivileged background
BySumathi Renganathan

chapter 3|16 pages

The reading–writing connection

The literacy strengths and weaknesses of ESL Filipino college students based on diagnostic test results
ByLalaine F. Yanilla Aquino

part Part 2|83 pages

Contrasting transactions of literature, text and Asian readers

chapter 4|14 pages

From the lianhuan hua to the picturebook

A glimpse into the evolution of literacy education and research in China 1
ByXiaofei Shi

chapter 5|17 pages

A journey to matching reader and text

ByDahlia Janan

chapter 6|18 pages

Articulating abstractions

Building teacher–student connections in the literature classroom
ByPriscilla Angela T. Cruz

chapter 8|16 pages

The role of comic books in literacy education in Taiwan

ByYi-Shan Tsai

part Part 3|67 pages

Reimagining Asia’s literacy policy–practice nexus

chapter 9|16 pages

Lived experiences of literacy learning in Singapore from the past to the present and lessons for the future

The relationship between familial and institutional habitus in situated contexts
ByChin Ee Loh

chapter 10|16 pages

English language and literature education in the biliterate and trilingual Hong Kong

A walk through the post-war era
ByFaye Dorcas Yung

chapter 11|14 pages

A case study of the language use and literacy practices of Brunei students

New perspectives on cultural literacy
ByMalai Zeiti Sheikh Abdul Hamid

chapter 12|19 pages

Broadening meaning-making

Towards a Framework for Respect in Literacy Education (FRiLE) in Malaysia
BySu Li Chong