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Framing immigration: A content analysis of newspapers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States

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Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitics, Groups, and Identities
Early online date16 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Oct 2019


This study examines the media framings of immigration in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Using a content analysis of over 1,700 newspaper articles in different cases in 2014, my findings show that, regardless of context, the media use a small number of frames to generalize and reduce immigration to a singular dimension by stereotyping and predominantly framing immigration. My analysis also suggests that the media do not always only have a binary representation of bad vs. good immigrants. Instead, the media’s othering of immigrants is a complex process, suggesting ambivalence despite superficial affirmation. Although my findings also demonstrate that some national differences exist, common patterns can be found across contexts that share similar historical, cultural, social, economic, and political dimensions of immigration. As one of the first cross-regional comparisons of media framings, this research reflects the power dynamics between the elites and immigrants and offers implications for how the media reinforce stereotypes and outsider status of immigrants

    Research areas

  • migration, media, Asia, immigration, content analysis

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