The development of the non-white community in British Media

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Unformatted text preview: Brittanie Langford British Mass Media Final Paper December 4, 2010 The development of the non-white community in British Media: A look at how the media environment has developed and changed in regards to depicting ethnic-minorities in British Media. When looking at UK media and the non-white community, its important to figure out how the development of non-white communities progressed and why it is important to display those communities in British film and television. The non-white ethnic community makes up a small percentage of the British population, but they still exist in the British community, and the numbers of ethnic-minorities continues to increase everyday. The census, taken in April of 2001, reports that the non-white ethnic groups account for 7.9 percent of the population. The make-up of the ethnic population includes; Mixed, 677,117; All Asian or Asian British, 2,331,423; all Black or Black British, 1,148,738; Chinese, 247,403; and other ethnic groups, 239,615. That makes the total number of the ethnic population 4,635,296, or 7.9% of the total British population. This number had been increasing at the rate of up to 15 times faster than the white population during the time of the census in 2001, and should show a significant increase in 2011 when a census of the British population is taken again. 12 When glancing at 1 1 "National Statistics Online - Population Size." Home: UK National Statistics Publication Hub. Crown Copyright, 08 Jan. 2004. Web. 05 Dec. 2010. <http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCI/nugget.asp? ID=455&Pos=3&ColRank=2&Rank=224>. 2 2 Amadiegwu, Mildred. "Media 2: Black and White Media: Audiences: Invisible Britain Struggles to be seen and Heard: What Media do Black and Ethnic Minority People Want to Consume? while Increased Choice is Good, Theres Still a very Long Way to Go." The Guardian (London) - Final Edition , sec. GUARDIAN NEWSPRINT SUPPLEMENT: 9. December 4 2006. Web. these numbers from a media standpoint it makes sense that there should be more inclusion of ethnic minorities. Figures from The Guardian state that the percentages rise to 12% when looking at the midlands and 30% in London. 3 UK media should seek to explore that integration by looking at how the indigenous communities overlap and interact with the presence of new or different ethnic communities. The question then becomes, how are ethnic minorities being represented, and what changes can be made to show the development of these communities in Great Britain. The answer comes from some history in British TV and film. East is East is a film adapted from a play about a family with a Pakistani father and a British mother. The playwright Ayub Khan-Din notes that this play is specifically about his father. When he wrote it in school he was not focusing on generalizing a community, he was focusing on depicting the man that is his father. In an interview done shortly after the success of the film he talks about how he wrote himself into the young boy Sajid Khan, a protagonist in...
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