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Over the past three decades, United States foreign policy, new immigrant communities, and increasing global economic interdependence have contributed to an increasingly complex political economy in America's major cities. For instance, recent immigration from Asia and Latin America has generated cultural anxiety and racial backlash among a number of ethnic communities in America.

Newspaper Coverage of Interethnic Conflict: Competing Visions of America examines mainstream and ethnic minority news coverage of interethnic conflicts in Miami, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Authors Hemant Shah and Michael C. Thornton investigate the role of news in racial formation, the place of ethnic minority media in the public sphere, and how these competing visions of America are part of ongoing social and political struggles to construct, define, and challenge the meanings ...

La Opinión Coverage of Los Angeles
La Opinión coverage of Los Angeles

Responding to a growing demand for a Spanish-language newspaper in Southern California, Ignacio Lozano founded the weekly La Opinión in Los Angeles in 1926 (Rodriguez, 1999). The paper emphasized news about Mexico and some domestic news, the latter especially in response to frequently derogatory coverage from the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper enjoyed high circulation figures among the Latino population of Southern California. The Los Angeles Times's owners noticed the success of La Opinión among Latinos and for many years considered a strategy to compete for that market. In the mid-1980s, the Times launched a monthly bilingual supplement available in all predominantly Latino zip codes. The bilingual supplement experienced mixed results, and in 1988, ...

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