Closeted love? Borders of (mediated) belonging in ‘minority radio broadcasting’

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Ethnic minority communities have been utilizing various forms of media for the struggle for rights and recognition for ethnic minorities and migrants, aiming to subvert mainstream discourses, and engage in creative tactics and strategies to struggle for equal rights, opportunities, supportive public opinion and inclusive policy-making/policy change. Whilst social media has become the major platform for ethnic minorities to express these struggles, there has been growing concerns on the role of (radio) broadcasting as a better/more effective channel for ethnic ‘activism’. This article aims to unravel the divergent narrativity and politics of ‘minority recognition’ in the broadcasting space: How have the technological and institutional features of public service broadcasting enabled minority mediated belonging. At the same time, has this also hampered their chances of being heard? Through sample surveys, textual analysis as well as focused interviews, the article hopes to articulate the nuanced strategic and diverse ‘regimes’ of minority recognition by way of discussing the role of broadcasting as a space of (mediated) belonging. I also hope to contribute to the debates about the intricate bordering and politics of affective listening, in the case of public service broadcasting, and particularly in an ethnoscape such as Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-269
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Identities
Issue number2
Early online date13 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by University Grants Committee [grant number GRF 131085].


  • Hong Kong
  • South Asian minorities
  • politics of listening
  • public service broadcasting
  • sense of belonging


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