Diversity in Media – What Does It Mean?
The heat surrounding our discussion of Filipinos in Hollywood (or lack thereof) shines a light on an issue that has been on our minds for a while now — that is Diversity in Media. We can all admit that we’ve come a long way since the days of lily-white airwaves. Even still, we must admit that we’ve got a long, long way to go.
While the discussion continues on the other thread, I thought it a great opportunity to showcase another blog that I frequent – SCHEMA MAG. According to it’s own description, Schema Mag is “an online platform about ethnic cool in the New Canada and beyond”.
Even cooler, the site is run by a new friend of mine — Alden Habacon. Again right from Schema, Alden’s bio reads as following: “Alden is currently the Manager of Diversity Initiatives for CBC Television. In this role, Habacon contributes to program development, various community partnerships, new media applications and other CBC Television initiatives that advance the reflection of Canada’s diversity on-air and behind the scenes.”
Alden is the latest Filipino who has tried in some way to actively address the diversity issues in Canadian TV (others include FLIP TV’s Anthony Domingo, Digital Sweatshop’s Caroline Mangosing and Romeo Candido, and yours truly).
I think the bottom line is, “we’re trying”, but the bigger story is “we can’t stop”.