“Heroes and villains”: Media constructions of minoritized groups in Hong Kong’s season of discontent

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Abstract

Hong Kong witnessed unprecedented protests from June 2019 to early 2020. Drawing on frame analysis, this study explores the discourse and ideologies related to minoritized groups using multiple media sources. The findings revealed that there were multiple constructions of minoritized groups and their engagement in the protests: Niche/pro-democracy and liberal media were inclined to make “heroes” of their engagement while pro-China media seemed to revert to an older style of negative reporting portraying them as “villains.” The exploitation of minoritized groups for political purposes raises important issues about media ethics, “fake news,” and the role of ideology in news reporting. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Asian and African Studies
Early online dateAug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Aug 2023

Citation

Bhowmik, M. K., Kennedy, K. J., Chan, A. H.-t., & Gube, J. C. C. (2023). “Heroes and villains”: Media constructions of minoritized groups in Hong Kong’s season of discontent. Journal of Asian and African Studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/00219096231192326

Keywords

  • Minoritized groups
  • Protests
  • Social movement
  • Media
  • Frame analysis
  • Hong Kong

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