Depictions of the Chinese in the Hungarian Press: Ideologically-Motivated or Economically-Driven?

Departmental Seminar
Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 1:30pm
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:10pm

The Department of Political Science cordially invite you to the departmental seminar

Depictions of the Chinese in the Hungarian Press: Ideologically-Motivated or Economically-Driven?

presented by

Amy H. Liu
University of Colorado at Boulder

Time and date: 13.30, 23rd April, 2014

Venue: CEU, Nador u. 9., Faculty Tower Room #908

Abstract: Chinese migration into Europe has steadily increased since China began opening up in the 1980s. One country that has absorbed a surprising large number of these migrants is Hungary. By some calculations, since Hungary joined the EU in 2004, the Chinese now constitute the largest migrant group each year. Yet there has been little empirical work done to understand how the Chinese – who have been shown to be the least integrated of all migrant groups – are perceived by the Hungarians. Extant research on migration argue government policies and social attitudes towards newcomers are shaped by political ideology and economic factors. To test this argument, this paper uses content analysis of the two most widely-circulated newspapers in Hungary 2004-2014: Magyar Nemzet, a conservative newspaper often associated with the moderate right-wing party (Fidesz-KDNP) and Népszabadság, a left-leaning newspaper supportive of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP). The results indicate a conditional story on whether the newspaper’s affiliated political party is in office.

Amy Liu is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her area of scholarly interest is comparative politics, with a substantive focus on language politics and Chinese migration. She has done research on the Chinese community in Hungary, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Her first book Governing Tongues: The Political Economy of Language Regimes (2014, University of Pennsylvania Press) examines language regime choice and the economic effects of this choice in Asia. She has also published in Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics, National and Ethnic Politics, and World Politics