MAINTAINING THE IDENTITY OF BILINGUAL INDIVIDUALS IN MULTICULTURAL/MULTILINGUAL SETTINGS
This paper discusses the ways bilingual people are able to maintain their identity within any multicultural and multilingual environment. As todayâ€™s societies have shown to have more people with varied language/cultural backgrounds, it is interesting to learn how the bilinguals understand and identify themselves despite living in a totally different environment. Data in this paper came from a number of multicultural/multilingual settings for comparison purposes. Findings showed that there have been three major factors contributing to maintain the bilingualsâ€™ identity in a diverse environment including language, family, and peer interaction.