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Representations of East Asian students in the UK media

Brooks, Rachel (2017) Representations of East Asian students in the UK media Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43 (14). pp. 2363-2377.

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While several studies have explored the ways in which Asian young people have been represented in the UK media over recent years, the majority of these have focussed on those of Indian and Pakistani descent, and often in relation to the rise of Islamophobia in the aftermath of 9/11 and the bombings in London in July 2005. To date, there have been few studies that have focussed on East Asian young people in general or East Asian students in particular, despite the increasing importance of educational migration to the UK from China and neighbouring countries, and the growing number of East Asian pupils in UK schools and colleges. To start to redress this gap, this article explores the ways in which East Asian pupils and students were represented in the UK press between 2010 and 2015. It outlines the neo-colonial and neo-liberal narrative that is constructed about East Asian education and students; demonstrates that a clear distinction is drawn between British East Asians and their non-British counterparts, reflecting the differing economic status of the two groups; and argues that the media does not always ‘manufacture consent’ for government policy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Date : 10 July 2017
DOI : 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1315857
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on 10 July 2017, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : East Asian students, education, media, international students
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 Mar 2017 18:06
Last Modified : 10 Jan 2019 02:08

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