Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora
192 pages, 6 x 9
13 photos, 18 tables
Release Date:15 Apr 2018

Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora

Korean Media in Vancouver and Los Angeles

UBC Press

Media for diasporic communities have emerged in major cities, such as Vancouver and Los Angeles, to reflect a growing diversity of languages and populations. Both conventional media and increasingly prevalent digital spaces link migrants locally in their new countries and globally with their home countries. 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 explores the potential of an intercultural media system to contribute to our broader multiethnic and multilingual society. She reveals the structural and institutional conditions that promote or hinder availability and accessibility, which should allow for a functional democracy based on adequate cultural literacy and informed decision-making.

This is the first book to explore the potential of diasporic communicative spaces as being open to people outside of specific diasporic communities, and their further potential to establish an infrastructure that facilitates conversation and contributes to building an interculturally engaging and inclusive media system.

Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora will be of interest to students and scholars in media and communications, journalism studies, multicultural studies, and diaspora studies.

Sherry S. Yu is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and a faculty member in the Klein College of Media and Communication doctoral program at Temple University. Her research has been published in Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and the Canadian Journal of Communication.

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