Content Analysis (Julie Calma)
Our group selected nine of the Asianadian magazines to observe and collect data concerning the content of the issues. We divided the content into the presence of particular ethnic groups, issues, and ideas of the Chinese World View. Upon reviewing the content of the issues, we found that the issues mirrored the Asianadian aims. The aims of the Asianadian were: to find new dignity and pride in being Asian in Canada; to promote an understanding between Asian Canadians and other Canadians; to speak out against those conditions, individuals and institutions perpetuating racism in Canada; to stand up against the distortions of our history in Canada, stereotypes, economic exploitations, and the general tendency towards injustice and inequality practiced on minority groups; to provide a forum for Asian Canadian writers, artists, musicians, etc.; and finally, to promote unity by bridging the gap between Asians with roots in Canada and recent immigrants.
Since the writers and contributors of the Asianadian were a mix of different ethnic Asian groups, the magazine touched on most every Asian background. Chinese and Japanese were the most prevalent Asians discussed in the articles, although, other groups such as Koreans, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Asian Indian, Singaporeans, Pakistani, Indonesian and Malaysians were also mentioned. It was very clear that the magazine was not directed towards one particular Asian group, but to all Asian backgrounds. Among the presence of social issues, the ones that were discussed the most were immigrants, Asian equality in
Our findings are as follows:
See Appendix A for comprehensive categorization of Asianadian content.
Government Relations (Julie Calma)
Writer and co-founder of Asianadian, Bobby Siu had informed this group that the Asianadian was published by the Asianadian Resources Workshop. This workshop was not a private sector company or a business but a “collective” of Asian Canadians offering their own time in getting their magazine published and distributed. The only relations the Asianadian had with the government was during a period of approximately one year where the workshop received a government grant. These grants were used in order to produce issues for that year, as well as provide office space, supplies and salaries for two to three staff members that were in charge of making the layouts.
Because of this team’s limited information in terms of the Asianadian and their relations with the government, the team had decided to research a bit about the media and government relations in
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