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Media and the Chinese Diaspora

Community, Communications and Commerce, 1st Edition

Edited by Wanning Sun


222 pages

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The importance of the Chinese diaspora is widely recognized. Wanning Sun examines the key role of the media in the Chinese diaspora. She focuses especially on the media's role in communication, in fostering a sense of community, in defining different kinds of 'transnational Chineseness' - overseas Chinese communities are often very different from one country to another - and in showing how media communication is linked to commerce, which is often a key activity of the overseas Chinese.

Revealing a great deal about the vibrancy and dynamism of the Chinese-language media, the book considers the Chinese diaspora in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia, showing how it plays a crucial role in the changing nature of the Chinese diaspora.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transnationalism and a Global Diasporic Chinese Mediasphere1. Disconnecting Transnational Ties: The Chinese Weekly and the Transformation of Chinese American Community after World War II 2. Chinese Language Media and Immigrant Life in the United States and Canada3. Gossips about Stars: Newspaper and Pop Culture China4. ‘A Hundred Flowers Bloom’: The Re-Emergence of the Chinese Press in Post Suharto Indonesia5. ‘Chinese’ Indonesians in National Cinema 6. Chinese Newspapers, Ethnic Identity and the State: The Case of Malaysia7. Radio-Activated Business and Power: A Case Study of 3CW Melbourne Chinese Radio 8. Chinese Media in New Zealand: Transnational Outpost or Unchecked Floodtide?

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

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 / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General