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Title: The representation of China in US and UK newspapers : a comparative and critical approach
Author: Lin, Chia-Ju
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 6143
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis examines the news coverage of China in the US and UK newspapers via a qualitative approach, comparing the dominant news frames used across time and between the newspapers. Five events are selected for research between 1989 and 2003, including the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989, the Cross-Strait issue with particular reference to Taiwan's presidential election in 1996, Hong Kong's handover to China in 1997, the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) crisis in 2003 and the awarding of the Olympic Games to China in 2001. The thesis reveals that, first, the news coverage of China is a type of constructed discourse with specific structures, frames and emphases. Different newspapers have different emphases and interpretation of the same issue, and different forms of narration are operated in coordination to support a specific frame. Second, the coverage creates a dualistic picture of China in which China's social-political aspects are presented negatively as underdeveloped, ossified and autocratic while it is also represented as an increasing powerhouse with large market and economic potential.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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