• 07 Feb, 2023

Portrayals of Indians in the Diaspora by the Media: Discriminated Against, Muted, Marginalised or Made Invisible?

Portrayals of Indians in the Diaspora by the Media: Discriminated Against, Muted, Marginalised or Made Invisible?

Portrayals of Indians in the Diaspora by the Media: Discriminated Against, Muted, Marginalised or Made Invisible? INVITATION TO OUR 123st weekly ICC (+ AGI) ZOOM PUBLIC MEETING

Consumption of traditional and digital media has increased in every country in the world in the last several years. One of the many impacts is on the way people view others and see themselves. A research study on race and ethnicity in the media in the US published in 2019 found that prolonged television exposure predicts a decrease in self-esteem for all girls and for black boys, but an increase in self-esteem for white boys. These differences correlate with racial and gender practices in Hollywood that predominantly casts white men as heroes, while erasing or subordinating other groups as villains, sidekicks and sexual objects. Other studies show how media images of Native American mascots lower Native American self-esteem and affect the moods of Native American adolescents and young adults (who suffer from high suicide rates).

What do content analyses of the media show about Indians in the Diaspora, especially in countries such as Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname where they constitute the largest ethnic group? 

How much are Indian culture and artistes featured in the entertainment sections of the newspapers?  Are Indian children seeing themselves mirrored equitably in the media? Do the advertisements in these multi-ethnic societies reflect diversity, equity and inclusion? Are Indian men discriminated against, erased and made invisible? As with ethnic minorities in the media in Canada, are Indians in the Diaspora made to feel alien, devalued and as second-class citizens in their own nations? Does the media promote and grant legitimacy to certain cultural art forms at the expense of others? Answers to these questions are critical in building a peaceful, harmonious, just, inclusive and progressive multicultural society.

Please join us THIS SUNDAY for the 123rd weekly ICC ZOOM (+AGI) Public Meeting, October 9, 2022 at (1.00 p.m. Belize), (3.00 p.m. New York/Eastern time), (3.00 p.m. Trinidad/Atlantic time), (3.00 p.m. Guyana), (4.00 p.m. Suriname), (8.00 p.m. England), (9.00 p.m. South Africa), (Sun 12 midnight, India, ND), (Mon 7.00 a.m. Fiji).     

  TOPIC:     

Portrayals of Indians in the Diaspora by the Media: 

Discriminated Against, Muted, Marginalised or Made Invisible?

 

SPEAKERS:     

PROF. YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN (UK) - Journalist, broadcaster and author. Part-time Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University. Co-founder of British Muslims for Secular Democracy. 

RAJAN NAZRAN (England) - Chief explorer for Global Indian Series, the official platform for People of Indian Origin (PIO) producing award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV).

DR. KUMAR MAHABIR (Trinidad) - Anthropologist, university lecturer and Executive Director of the weekly ICC ZOOM programme. Co-founder and co-editor of the free, digital, paper https://indo-caribbean.com

DR. VISHNU BISRAM (USA/Guyana) - Political opinion pollster and prolific international journalist on Indian Diaspora matters. Helped established Journals and Centres for Indian Diaspora Studies.

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