Book Talk: “Migration and the Media” by Gaoheng Zhang

Book Talk: Migration and the Media

Gaoheng Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, UBC

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
C.K. Choi Building (1855 West Mall), Room 120 at 12:00 pm
Lunch will be available starting at 11:30 am

Access the book:

You can access the book free of charge using your UBC CWL through the ACUP database or you can order the book here.

Description: 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.


Alessandra Santos, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Henry Yu, Associate Professor of History
Han Fei, Ph.D. candidate in French Studies
Kathryn Houston, M.A. candidate in Hispanic Studies
Alexandra Chipperfield, B.A. candidate in Political Science