Media use among Gender, Sexual and Ethnic Minorities:
Mediated Participation of South and South East Asians in Hong Kong

Lisa Leung
South and South-East Asian minorities have had a long historical presence in Hong Kong, yet many have been marginalised from mainstream political activities, despite the passing of the Racial Discrimination Bill in 2008, which led to partial recognition of the problems of economic and cultural assimilation of south Asians. The increasing educational and economic opportunities of second/ third generation South Asians, however, have resulted in an increase of ethnic minority youths gaining recognition, in independent media, in community politics, and in recent social movements, such as the Umbrella Movement.

The research examines the use of (social) media as well as cultural practices by south Asian minority groups as demonstrating ‘tactical belonging’ in Hong Kong. It asks whether their increased participation in (mediated) performance practices correlates with their participation in community and political activities, and to what extent this increased participation would enhance their public reception and recognition. It also delves into the inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic interaction in the process of their social and political participation.

The goal of this research will hope to contribute to local and international scholarship on migration, minority belonging and multicultural citizenship through identifying the practices by which minority groups strategically use media, and the mode of networked/mediated democracy that such tactics help to create.