How U.S. Correspondents Discover, Uncover and Cover China: China-watching Transformed (Chinese Studies S. v. 27)
By: Jingdong Liang (author)Hardback
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From the founding of the People's Republic in 1949 up to the late 1970's with occasional exceptions, readers, listeners and viewers got little news directly from the most populous country on earth. The fault cut both ways: China had retreated into isolationism and xenophobia, while the U.S. had sought to weaken and ostracize the Chinese Communists. Thus along with the death and destruction caused by hostilities in Korea and Vietnam and the missed opportunities and damaged reputations caused by the Cold War, another casualty of the period was the U.S. public's access to firsthand information about China.
List of Tables Preface ix Acknowledgments xv Chapters 1. The U.S., China, and the Media 1 2. The Demographics of U.S. Foreign Correspondents in China 41 3. The Chinese Press as News Sources 69 4. Chinese Officials as News Sources 95 5. Confucian Culture and Consequence of an Uncooperative Chinese Government 107 6. Nongovernment Contacts as News Sources 127 7. How Foreign Correspondents Deliver the News 141 8. Traveling to Get the News in China 155 9. Surveillance, Detention and Censorship 193 10. Making Sense of China-Watching 205 A Research Methodological Note 219 Appendix 223 Bibliography 231 Index 243
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