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.

Immigrants and Their Media

Immigrants and their media

Chapter Objectives

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

  • The differences between immigrants and other types of migrants.
  • How migration experiences are different depending on where people have come from and where they have settled.
  • The roles that ethnic media play in immigration and settlement.

Why Immigration Matters

What percentage of the world's population do you think lives outside of the country where they were born? 10%? 25%? Maybe even more? Most of you will be surprised to learn that international estimates put the number around 3% (International Organization for Migration, 2005). If almost everyone stays where they are born, why do we hear so much about immigrants, and why does where they move to and how they settle ...

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