Migration and the Media: Debating Chinese Migration to Italy, 1992–2012
The first book to analyze cultural dynamics of Chinese migration to Italy between 1992 and 2012, Migration and the Media compares Italian, Chinese migrant, and international media interpretations. During this twenty-year period, the media covered this migration extensively, revealing the eye-opening characteristics of Italy’s Chinese community. Gaoheng Zhang places the strong media interest in Italian-Chinese migrant relations within relevant economic, political, cultural, and linguistic contexts. Examining how journalists, entrepreneurs, and politicians debated Italy’s Chinese, Zhang argues that these stakeholders viewed the migration as a particularly effective example to support or dispute Italy’s general stance toward migrant integration and economic globalization. Zhang also proposes that an Italian-Chinese migrant cultural repertoire offered the stakeholders resources to cover the migration.
- Series: Cultural Spaces
- World Rights
- Page Count: 296 pages
- Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.2in x 9.1in
"Migration and the Media is a clear and masterful example of Italian cultural studies. It traces the history of Chinese migrations to Italy, the impact of migration on Italian culture, and its role in creating transnational contexts that bring to light the global movements of people into Italy and Italy into a global culture."
Graziella Parati, Professor of Italian, Dartmouth College
"Migration and the Media is a breakthrough study. Gaoheng Zhang’s trilingualism enables him to analyze a variety of Chinese, and Italian-language media productions in order to trace the recent Chinese migrant presence in Italy. To English readers, this book opens a world that very few would be able to access otherwise."
Adrienne Ward, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Virginia
Author InformationGaoheng Zhang is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Table of contents
1. Chinese Migration to Italy, Globalization, and the News Media
2. The "Chinese Mafia" in Italy, 1992–2006
3. Milan: The 2007 "Chinatown" Riot in Italian Debates
4. Milan: The 2007 "Chinatown" Riot in Migrant Debates
5. Prato: Local Debates on "Made in Italy" by the Chinese, 2005–2012
6. Prato: Global Debates on "Made in Italy" by the Chinese, 2005–2012
7. Rome: The 2012 Chinese March
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