Gender Issues in Indigenous Television News
Chia-Sui Sun(Department of Indigenous Languages and Communication, National Dong Hwa University)
This paper explores gender issues as seen in indigenous television news in Taiwan. The representation of gender in indigenous media is involved with gender norms, taboos, and cultural regulations in different ethnic groups and different indigenous societies. In the news production process, gender issues influence indigenous anchors and reporters in interview and broadcasting perspectives. Furthermore, gender bias affects the ethnic images produced and presented in indigenous news. This research was carried out in order to understand what indigenous news professionals encounter when considering gender cultural space in the news production process and what gender issues are involved in indigenous media. Interviews were conducted with different indigenous ethnic news reporters and anchors in indigenous television news. The research revealed ways gender factors influenced news production in different ethnic groups. It identifies key gender issues and also provides suggestions to facilitate indigenous news production that embraces both gender awareness and multicultural gender images.
gender, ethnicity, media, indigenous television news, indigenous journalists