Ethnic Minority Networks

When radio networks first appeared in the early 1920s, ethnic minorities were invisible elements in majority societies and, in many cases, were under pressure to abandon their traditions and conform to mainstream culture. If those minorities spoke “foreign” languages (such as those spoken by Indigenous peoples including the Maori in New Zealand), their languages might be expected to die off in due time, and in many cases, their usage was actively discouraged by educational and religious institutions. While their speakers might be welcome guests permitted to sing or speak in their own tongues, mainstream media would decide when to issue such invitations.

The modest sizes of many minority populations, coupled with their frequent economic weakness and the long prevalence of mainstream assimilationist policies, have meant that ...

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