Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Sharon K. Deckert, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

David I. Hanauer, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Gloria Park, Ph.D.


This qualitative study aims to explore Mainland Chinese students' language learning experience during their educational journey in Hong Kong and focus on the relationship between their context-dependent language choices and their processes of identities constructions. Data were collected through individual interviews with eight participants. Grounded in post-modern notion of social identity theories, the results of the individual analysis on each participant were presented as a form of narrative. The individual analysis showed participants' language choices in relation with their identities constructions. Five themes that respond to the research questions emerged from the results. From the discussion of the first four themes, a model of identity construction process was developed. The model explains the three cases of the participants as an explanatory tool for identity construction in trilingual context.