This is the first book to provide a comprehensive review and analysis of how media produced by ethnic communities, and for ethnic communities, affect identity and perceived lines of division between “us” and “others,” as well as how the production and consumption of ethnic media affect the character of the larger media and societal landscapes. Integrating key ethnic media studies with original research, this book makes a unique contribution to the teaching literature by covering both consumers and producers of ethnic media, as well as the history of ethnic media, its role in ethnic communities, the effect of globalization, and the professional challenges faced by ethnic media journalists. A compelling discussion of the future of ethnic media concludes the book and points the way toward further research.

Ethnic Media in History

Ethnic media in history

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you will have learned more about:

  • The development of ethnic media in context of major developments in communication technologies, such as the creation of the printing press.
  • The social conditions and historical events that gave rise to ethnic media in different parts of the world.
  • How ethnic media have contributed to key historical periods for immigrant, ethnic minority, and indigenous populations in different national contexts.

Emigration, Immigration, and the Ethnic Media

As we discussed in the last chapter, there has been a lot of debate about the terms that are used to describe what we call “ethnic media.” We said that ethnic media are media produced for members of a particular ethnic group. These media are ...

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