Social Categorisation of Chinese Ethnic Groups and Its Influence on Intergroup Relations in Australia

Liu, Shuang (2004) Social Categorisation of Chinese Ethnic Groups and Its Influence on Intergroup Relations in Australia. Australian Journalism Review, 26 1: 69-82.

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Author Liu, Shuang
Title Social Categorisation of Chinese Ethnic Groups and Its Influence on Intergroup Relations in Australia
Journal name Australian Journalism Review
ISSN 0810-2686
Publication date 2004-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 82
Total pages 14
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Journalism Education Association
Language eng
Subject 420308 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
400100 Journalism, Communication and Media
Abstract A content analysis of a purposive sample of 857 articles from four Australian newspapers was conducted to examine the social categorisation of Chinese ethnic groups in Australian and non-Australian contexts, as well as the possible social influence of those identified categories on inter-ethnic group relations. Results indicate that Chinese were primarily portrayed as "llegal immigrants", representing ordinary people, and "authoritarian leaders", representing the government. While issues such as politics, business and moral/legal matters received significant coverage, issues relating to multiculturalism and inter-ethnic coexistence received scant attention. A possible effect of exposure to these categories is reinforcement of differences between ethnic majorities (Anglo-Australians) and ethnic minorities (Chinese ethnic groups) rather than the promotion of inter-ethnic co-existence. These findings enrich the existing research on the effects of media portrayal of ethnic minorities on intergroup relations and suggest a few directions for further study.
Keyword intercultural communication
intergroup relations
ethicnic minorities
multiculturalism
stereotypes
print media
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