Media for diasporic communities have emerged in major cities and reflect a multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual reality. But do these media serve their respective communities exclusively, or are they available and accessible to members of greater society at large? Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora explores structural and institutional challenges and opportunities for these media and suggests policy directions with the aim of fostering broader intercultural dialogue. Using case studies of Korean media in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Sherry Yu examines the potential of an intercultural media system for culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse societies.
Introduction: Understanding Media in Multicultural Cities
1 Conceptualizing Media in a Multicultural Society
2 Multicultural or Intercultural? Policies and Media Practices in a Multicultural Society
3 Korean Diasporic Media in Vancouver
4 Korean Diasporic Media in Los Angeles
5 Locality, Ethnicity, and Emerging Trends
6 The Intercultural Media System and Related Policy Areas
Notes; References; Index
There are only a small handful of studies that take seriously the work of conceptualizing “ethnic media” as diasporic studies. Sherry Yu’s detailed description of the structural challenges of diasporic media is unlike anything I have read before. It is an important contribution to a field that is dominated by textual study.
David C. Oh, associate professor of communication arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey