Presentation Title

A qualitative research on migrant worker media literacy for the difference and minorities: the MWTV media literacy program in South Korea

Biographical Sketch

Eunbi Lee is a doctoral student in the department of communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Type of Presentation

Individual presentation

Brief Description of Presentation

Critical media literacy for migrant workers will be highlighted throughout the presentation. Mainly, l will present a case study on MWTV (Migrant World Television) Academy in South Korea. To be specific, I will focus on the way in which the critical media literacy program becomes a space for migrant workers to understand media portrayals of them in the host country and empower their voices against the distorted media represenation.

Abstract of Proposal

This study portrays practical media literacy education for social justice and affirms minorities through the differences of migrant workers. In order to examine the practical possibility of migrant workers, the theory of differences and minorities by Deleuze and Guattari is explored. This study also critically reviews the discourse of multiculturalism and proposes a media literacy program plan for social justice among migrant workers who are considered to be only an object of policy within the context of multiculturalism. The results of this study were obtained through participant observation in the media literacy classes of MWTV. Also, in-depth interviews were conducted with migrant workers who participated as tutors and students in this media literacy program. The results show that migrant workers actively engaged in the classes in order to achieve their goals and overcome discrimination in the multicultural society of Korea. I interpret this as an example of the process of embodying differences and minorities through media literacy education for migrant workers. However, this process has some limitations such as insufficiency of connection with various subjects, confliction between Korean civic organizations and MWTV, and lack of media equipment. This study makes a contribution by using the preliminary data in order to explore the possibility of migrant worker media literacy, and it calls attention to independent practices of migrant workers.

Keywords: Media literacy, Migrant workers, Difference, MWTV

Start Date

2-24-2018 2:50 PM

End Date

2-24-2018 4:20 PM

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A qualitative research on migrant worker media literacy for the difference and minorities: the MWTV media literacy program in South Korea

This study portrays practical media literacy education for social justice and affirms minorities through the differences of migrant workers. In order to examine the practical possibility of migrant workers, the theory of differences and minorities by Deleuze and Guattari is explored. This study also critically reviews the discourse of multiculturalism and proposes a media literacy program plan for social justice among migrant workers who are considered to be only an object of policy within the context of multiculturalism. The results of this study were obtained through participant observation in the media literacy classes of MWTV. Also, in-depth interviews were conducted with migrant workers who participated as tutors and students in this media literacy program. The results show that migrant workers actively engaged in the classes in order to achieve their goals and overcome discrimination in the multicultural society of Korea. I interpret this as an example of the process of embodying differences and minorities through media literacy education for migrant workers. However, this process has some limitations such as insufficiency of connection with various subjects, confliction between Korean civic organizations and MWTV, and lack of media equipment. This study makes a contribution by using the preliminary data in order to explore the possibility of migrant worker media literacy, and it calls attention to independent practices of migrant workers.

Keywords: Media literacy, Migrant workers, Difference, MWTV