Provincialising Perth? Satellite television and the Chinese communities in Western Australia
Leong, Susan & Gong, Qian (2010) Provincialising Perth? Satellite television and the Chinese communities in Western Australia. In Migrant Security Conference : Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era, 15-16 July 2010, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. (Unpublished)
This paper explores the tensions between the security that access to satellite television programming from mainland China lends its 'new migrants' (xin yimin) and the vulnerability the consumption of 'foreign' media leaves them open to in Perth. The indiscreet 2-3 metre satellite dishes are an increasingly common sight in Perth's suburban backyards and on first glance, their presence might be (mis)interpreted as attempts to turn Perth into the China's next province.
However, it is our argument these attempts to manage multiple belongings can be better understood within a context of conditions. These include Perth's geographical and metaphoric distance from the metropolitan centres of Sydney and Melbourne; the intense media scrutiny of China in recent times; the rapid closeness and synchronicity between China and Perth for reasons of trade, the dynamics of China's media environment and the mainland Chinese's care for and regard for themselves as mobile, global citizens of contemporary society.
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