Debating Multicultural Korea: Media Discourse on Migrants and Minorities in South Korea

Title
Debating Multicultural Korea: Media Discourse on Migrants and Minorities in South Korea
Authors
Joseph E. Yi
Keywords
Multicultural; Netizens; Migrants; South Korea; Public Sphere; Media
Issue Date
2015-04
Publisher
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS
Citation
JOURNAL OF ETHNIC AND MIGRATION STUDIES, v. 41, Page. 985-1013
Abstract
Since the early 1990s, South Korea has experienced growing public debate about migrants, minorities and related government policies. Much of this 'multicultural' discourse occurs in the internet-based cyber-media, which offer space for various producers, including mainstream media professionals, netizens and resident foreigners. A prevailing discourse of victimhood is associated with small, ideologically homogeneous groups of media producers (mainstream media and nativist websites); in contrast, mixed and nuanced discourses are more common in large and heterogeneous online communities, where users interact with a variety of viewpoints. Moreover, actors who are framed in non-negative terms-as neither xenophobes nor corrupt elites-serve as more effective brokers and bridges across various media. Most foreign-origin netizens are passive consumers of media discourse; but a few, active foreigners communicate effectively with both mainstream media and netizens and help to diversify the prevailing discourse. We find supportive evidence from a content analysis of 15 websites, supplemented with informant interviews and observations.
URI
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369183X.2014.1002202http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/23964
ISSN
1369-183X; 1469-9451
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2014.1002202
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