Chinese New Zealanders in Aotearoa: Media consumption and political engagement

  • Zheng Jiancheng The University of Waikato, Hamilton
Keywords: China, Chinese New Zealanders, ethnic Chinese media, migrants, New Zealand, mixed method research, political engagement, political views, qualitative research, quantitative research, voting behaviour, WeChat


This article outlines work in progress on project concerning interactions between the Chinese community in New Zealand, ethnic Chinese media, mainstream English language media, particularly around the New Zealand 2020 general election. A wealth of past research has discussed ethnic Chinese language media in New Zealand, the Chinese diaspora, and general elections. This study will go beyond previous research to include mainstream English language media as part of the media resources available to Chinese New Zealanders considering participating as voters in general elections. For Chinese New Zealanders, understanding the diversity of media in New Zealand is likely to have a positive effect on their voting decisions, and encourage more thinking about government policies.



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Author Biography

Zheng Jiancheng , The University of Waikato, Hamilton

Zheng Jiancheng was born in Qiqihar, China, and did a Master of Media and Creative Technology at the University of Waikato, Hamilton. He started his PhD at the end of 2020. His research is on the Chinese diaspora, media use, and the 2020 New Zealand general election. Zheng has been a volunteer broadcaster on community radio and a tutor at Waikato University. He enjoys studying different cultures and is currently learning Korean with a hope of engaging in New Zealand's diverse communities.



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Jiancheng , Z. (2022). Chinese New Zealanders in Aotearoa: Media consumption and political engagement. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 28(1 & 2), 189-204.