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 Minorities and Their Media

Ethnic minorities and their media

Chapter Objectives

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

  • How ethnic minority groups define themselves.
  • How ethnic media and ethnic identities can reinforce each other.
  • The roles ethnic media have played in social movements around the world.
  • Key issues for creating ethnic media that are responsive to the changing tastes and needs of their audiences.

What is an Ethnic Minority?

The term ethnic minority is only one of many ways that we might reference peoples who are part of culturally, racially, and/or ethnically distinct groups. The term “minority” can be misleading, because many urban centers no longer have a clear majority group. For example, Latinos in Los Angeles are referred to as an “ethnic minority” even though Latinos ...

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