Telling the brown stories': an examination of identity in the ethnic media of multi-generational immigrant communities (2014)
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PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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AuthorsRoss Tshow all
Ethnic media models tend to categorise ethnic news media as alternative, diasporic, community or ethnic minority language media. This paper argues for a different way of looking at Pasifika news media that recognises identity as a dominant force in their construction and practice. Through analysis of the producers' discursive practices and the texts of two major Pasifika media in Aotearoa/New Zealand-Tagata Pasifika and Spasifik-this paper finds that identity work lies at the heart of what Pasifika news media do. Producers deliberately set out to do Pasifika identity and be the Pasifika voice: about and for all Pasifika. Yet, the texts studied here suggest that by emphasising identity, Pasifika news media risk falling back on well-established, often racialised, versions of Pasifika identity that misrepresent the diverse and shifting identities of New Zealand's Pasifika population, especially its New Zealand-born youth. An examination of ethnic minority news media in identity terms, then, can usefully illuminate powerful production forces, including the influence of minority communities and their elites on ethnic minority media. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
CitationRoss T (2014). Telling the brown stories': an examination of identity in the ethnic media of multi-generational immigrant communities. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 40(8). 1314-1329.
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KeywordsPacific; ethnic media; journalism; identity
ANZSRC Fields of Research20 - Language, Communication and Culture::2002 - Cultural Studies::200210 - Pacific Cultural Studies
19 - Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing::1902 - Film, Television and Digital Media::190204 - Film and Television
19 - Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing::1903 - Journalism and Professional Writing