Journal article

Iphones and “African gangs”: everyday racism and ethno-transnational media in Melbourne’s Chinese student world

F Martin

Ethnic and Racial Studies | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2020


Based on an ethnography of young women from China studying in Melbourne, this article explores participants’ experiences of living in a super-diverse city, and questions whether extant theoretical accounts of everyday multiculturalism are adequate to understand the experience of these residents. In 2016, Melbourne’s Chinese student community was rocked by a prolonged spate of mobile phone thefts that Chinese-language social media framed as ethnically targeted attacks on Chinese people by “African gangs.” This article considers participants’ responses to these incidents, alongside the racialized reportage of them on the WeChat public accounts that are participants’ main source of local news. ..

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