Abstract - The Information Society 15(1)

The Internet and Ethnic Press: A Study of Electronic Chinese Publications

Kewen Zhang and Hao Xiaoming

This paper explored the roles of online publications in promoting ethnic communication. Through a case study of the online Chinese language publications, it examined the potentials of such publications in supplementing and expanding the functions of the traditional ethnic media, strengthening cultural and communal ties of the ethnic groups, and mobilizing them for action. The authors argue that in the age of cyberspace, the role of ethnic media in fortifying the cultural traits of ethnic immigrants is expected to be further strengthened. As a result, ethnic groups are more likely to be assimilated into the mainstream culture without losing their own cultural roots and ethnic identity.

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