This week’s topic is Diasporic Media; at first glance I had no clue on what this even meant. Thankfully In the lecture it showed that Diasporas refers to “a broad range of dislocations experienced by several groups of people” (Khorana 2014, cited from Bhatia and Ram, 2001: 12)
Unfortunately, Diasporic groups are often misrepresented or unheard in the media due to lack of involvement with actual content production (Georgiou, 2003). The reoccurrence of stereotyping in the media when it comes to ethnic backgrounds is currently present. In many stories especially ones on asylum seekers and boat people there is only one perspective laid on the table, what about what they think. Diasporic communities still have a huge under representation in the media and still need to be given the opportunities to tell their own stories, communicate their own ideas and have a voice in Australia.
As noted in the reading “Diversity between different models of participation, integration or assimilation is extensive between different nation-states. This diversity relates primarily to definitions, citizenship rights, cultural rights and privileges (Georgiou, 2003)”.
Salzar (2012) noted on this that, “The media in Australia has a tendency to be very…white. This I can completely understand what we read about other ethnic groups tends to be under a white persons perspective, we rarely ever get the input from the person who is being targeted.
On the flip side of this in a lot of the media we view today, there is the occurrence of diaspora noticed. Many films and News stories highlight the coming together of a society merging in with another. Films are a big user of diaspora, Bend it like Beckham is an example of how Indian culture and British culture are entwined and meshed together. The family of Jesminder one of the characters is from an Indian culture and yet Jesminder display a British accent.
Bend it Like Beckham provided an opportunity for the Indian community in Britain to speak about the ways in which they are perceived within the British culture. Jesminder struggles between pleasing her traditional Indian family and chasing her own dreams to be a renowned soccer player. Jess’ family feels discrimination against them in England, and so attempt to isolate them from English ways of living. Her life is juxtaposed with that of Juliette’s (Keira Knightly) an English-born girl who shares the same dream yet also struggles with fulfilling the desires of her mother. Through the pair’s developing friendship and struggles of their own tradition, the viewer witnesses not only the struggles Diasporic cultures face, but also the attempts these groups may make to rebuild their homeland in a different environment. This topic was very interesting and showed how we can be victims and we as perpetrators of stereotyping against different ethnic groups.
Some questions Georgiou (2003) posed where; Does diversity threaten unity? How do cultural expressions of difference relate to questions of exclusion and inclusion?
What are your thoughts??
Georgiou, Myria. (2003). ‘Mapping Diasporic Media across the EU: Addresing Cultural Exclusion’. Key Deliverable: The European Media and Technology in Everyday Life Network, 2000- 2003. http://www.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/ research/EMTEL/reports/georgio
u_2003_emtel.pdf. Accessed 19 May 2014.
Khorana, S 2014 ‘Diasporic Media’, lecture, BCM310, University of Wollongong, delivered 19 May