Title

Hong Kong Muslim representations in Cantonese media : an oriental orientalism?

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asian Anthropology

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Volume

14

Issue

1

First Page

67

Last Page

78

Publisher

Tay

Keywords

Muslims, Hong Kong, Cantonese, Media, Oriental Orientalism

Abstract

The introduction of anti-racism legislation and post-colonial debate on Hong Kong identity has developed a stronger recognition of multiculturalism in Hong Kong. Muslims, who have had a continuous presence in the territory for over 170 years, are, however, still little understood. This paper looks at the ways in which local Cantonese media represents Muslims and how this representation continues to obscure Islam and present it as an oriental “other.” Representation of Muslims in the Media analysed is uneven with Chinese Muslims frequently being absent. In contrast, Islamic issues are often discussed by Muslims with a limited competence in Cantonese, or by non-Muslim professionals with a limited understanding of religious issues and vocabulary. Muslims and Islam, as a result, continue to be an overlooked part of the Hong Kong identity.

DOI

10.1080/1683478X.2015.1025590

Print ISSN

1683478X

E-ISSN

21684227

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Recommended Citation

Baig, R. B., & O'Connor, P. (2015). Hong Kong Muslim representations in Cantonese media: An Oriental Orientalism? Asian Anthropology, 14(1), 67-78. doi: 10.1080/1683478X.2015.1025590