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Media and Communication in the Chinese Diaspora

Rethinking Transnationalism, 1st Edition

Edited by Wanning Sun, John Sinclair


230 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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The rise of China has brought about a dramatic increase in the rate of migration from mainland China. At the same time, the Chinese government has embarked on a full-scale push for the internationalisation of Chinese media and culture. Media and communication have therefore become crucial factors in shaping the increasingly fraught politics of transnational Chinese communities. This book explores the changing nature of these communities, and reveals their dynamic and complex relationship to the media in a range of countries worldwide. Overall, the book highlights a number of ways in which China’s "going global" policy interacts with other factors in significantly reshaping the content and contours of the diasporic Chinese media landscape. In doing so, this book constitutes a major rethinking of Chinese transnationalism in the twenty-first century.


"In this sequel to Media and the Chinese Diaspora (5th ed., 2006), coeditors Sun (Univ. of Technology, Sydney) and Sinclair (Univ. of Melbourne) investigate the changes in information technologies that have shaped the communication behaviors of Chinese people across the diaspora. Though mainland China endeavors to change its global image, how it exercises its soft power has affected historical relationships with the diaspora in both subtle and obvious manners."

A. Cho, University of British Columbia, CHOICE

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rethinking Chinese Diasporic Media Wanning SUN and John SINCLAIR 1. "New Migrants" from the PRC and the Transformation of Chinese Media: The Case of Cambodia NYÍRI Pál 2. The Conundrum of the "Honorary Whites": Media and Being Chinese in South Africa Wanning SUN 3. An Overseas Orthodoxy? Shifting toward Pro-PRC Media in Chinese-Speaking Brazil Josh STENBERG 4. Bridge or Barrier: Migration, Media, and the Sojourner Mentality in Chinese Communities in Italy and Spain Tian GONG 5. Unique Past and Common Future: Chinese Immigrants and Chinese-Language Media in France Nan DAI 6. Politics of Homeland: Hegemonic Discourses of the Intervening Homeland in Chinese Diasporic Newspapers in the Netherlands Cindy Cheung-Kwan CHONG 7. The Chinese Diaspora, Motherland, and "June Fourth": A Discourse Analysis of the BBC Chinese "Have Your Say" Forum, 2009–13 Jingrong TONG 8. Geo-ethnic Storytelling: Chinese-Language Television in Canada Shuyu KONG 9. Cyber China and Evolving Transnational Identities: The Case of New Zealand Manying IP and Hang YIN 10. Provisional Business Migrants to Western Australia, Social Media, and Conditional Belonging Susan LEONG 11. Xin Yimin: "New" Chinese Migration and New Media in a Trinidadian Town Jolynna SINANAN

About the Editors

Wanning Sun, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

John Sinclair, University of Melbourne, Australia

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at [email protected]

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies