1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media

Edited By Gary D. Rawnsley, Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley Copyright 2015
    504 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    504 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The study of Chinese media is a field that is growing and evolving at an exponential rate. Not only are the Chinese media a fascinating subject for analysis in their own right, but they also offer scholars and students a window to observe multi-directional flows of information, culture and communications within the contexts of globalization and regionalization. Moreover, the study of Chinese media provides an invaluable opportunity to test and refine the variety of communications theories that researchers have used to describe, analyse, compare and contrast systems of communications.

    The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media is a prestigious reference work providing an overview of the study of Chinese media. Gary and Ming-yeh Rawnsley bring together an interdisciplinary perspective with contributions by an international team of renowned scholars on subjects such as television, journalism and the internet and social media. Locating Chinese media within a regional setting by focusing on ‘Greater China’ (the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and overseas Chinese communities; the chapters highlight the convergence of media and platforms in the region, and emphasise the multi-directional and transnational character of media/information flows in East Asia.

    Contributing to the growing de-westernisation of media and communications studies, this handbook is an essential and comprehensive reference work for students of all levels and scholars in the fields of Chinese studies and media studies.

    Introduction Gary D. Rawnsley & Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley  Part 1: The Development of the Study and the Structure of Chinese Media  1. (Re)-Focusing on the Target: Reflections on a Trajectory of Studying the Chinese Media Yuezhi Zhao  2. China, Soft Power and Imperialism Colin Sparks  3. Evaluating Chinese Media Policy: Objectives and Contradictions Rogier Creemers  Part 2: Journalism, Press Freedom and Social Mobilisation  4. Western Missionaries and Origins of the Modern Chinese Press Yuntao Zhang  5. Setting the Press Boundaries: The Case of the Southern (Nanfang) Media Group Chujie Chen  6. Chinese Investigative Journalism in the Twenty-First Century Hugo de Burgh  7. From Control to Competition: A Comparative Study of the Party Press and Popular Press Hsiao-wen Lee  8. Press Freedom in Hong Kong: Interactions between State, Media and Society Francis L. F. Lee  9. Media and Social Mobilisation in Hong Kong Joseph M. Chan and Francis L. F. Lee  10. Citizen Journalists as an Empowering Community for Change: A Case Study of a Taiwanese Online Platform ‘PeoPo’ Chen-ling Hung  Part 3: The Internet, Public Sphere and Media Culture  11. Politics and Social Media in China Lars Willnat, Lu Wei and Jason A. Martin  12. Online Chinese Nationalism and Its Nationalist Discourses Yiben Ma  13. A Cyberconflict Analysis of Chinese Dissidents Focusing on Civil Society, Mass Incidents and Labour Resistance Athina Karatzogianni and Andrew Robinson  14. Workers and Peasants as Historical Subjects: The Formation of Working Class Media Cultures in China Wanning Sun  15. An Emerging Middle Class Public Sphere in China? Analysis of News Media Representation of ‘Self Tax Declaration’ Qian (Sarah) Gong  16. Expressing Myself, Connecting with You: Taiwanese Young Females’ Photographic Self-Portraiture on Wretch Album Yin-han Wang  17. Against the Grain: The Battle for Public Service Broadcasting in Taiwan Chun-wei Daniel Lin  18. Public Service Television in China Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley and Chien-san Feng  Part 4: Market, Production and the Media Industries  19. The Changing Role of Copyright in China’s Emergent Media Economy Lucy Montgomery and Xiang Ren  20. Gamers, State and Online Games Anthony Y. H. Fung  21. The Geographical Clustering of Chinese Media Production Michael Keane  22. The Politics and Poetics of Television Documentary in China Qing Cao  23. Contemporary Chinese Historical TV Drama as a Cultural Genre: Production, Consumption and the State Power George Dawei Guo  24. Live Television Production of Media Events in China: The Case of the Beijing Olympic Games Limin Liang  25. Negotiated Discursive Struggles in Hyper-Marketised and Oligopolistic Media System: The Case of Hong Kong Charles Chi-wai Cheung Part 5: Chinese Media and the World  26. Internationalisation of China’s Television: History, Development and New Trends Junhao Hong and Youling Liu  27. Decoding the Chinese Media in Flux: American Correspondents as an Interpretive Community Yunya Song  28. Chinese International Broadcasting, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power Gary Rawnsley


    Gary D. Rawnsley is a Professor of Public Diplomacy, Aberystwyth University, UK.

    Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley is Research Associate, Centre of Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Associate Fellow, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK.

    'The disciplinary maturity of Chinese communication and media studies is on show in this strong collection. Established and emerging scholars have contributed to a volume that ranges across most of the topics that constitute a grounding for students.'Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Head of School of the Arts, University of Liverpool, UK

    "The present effort provides many perspectives on all types and forms of mass media (newspapers, party press, Internet, photography, broadcasting, television, gaming, public-service broadcasting, documentary), incorporating many aspects and issues (imperialism, soft power, policy, investigative journalism, social mobilization, nationalism, copyright, internationalization) and a variety of approaches (e.g., historical, case study, quasi-autobiographical, textual analysis, content analysis, interviewing, cyber-conflict analysis).  Though most of the 28 chapters cover the People’s Republic of China, the editors include three chapters on Hong Kong and three on Taiwan.  The book provides a wealth of information and viewpoints...this volume accomplishes what it sets out to do, and it will serve as an entry point into studies of Chinese media.  Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." -J. A. Lent, independent scholar, CHOICE

    "The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media provides scholars and students with rich materials to comprehend modern Chinese media and society especially in respect of political objectives. The inclusion of case studies on Taiwan and Hong Kong in the volume reflects the heterogeneity rather than the homogeneity in the term, “Chinese media”, as the media in these locations face different sets of challenges to fulfill their democratic duties and ideals." Shih-Chien Chang, China Policy Institute: Analysis

    "The handbook offers a large pool of perspectives, evidence, and analyses on Chinese media. It is a shining gem in the field, one that decodes the duality and complexities surrounding the media and their role in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong." Yavor A. Kostadinov, Ming Chuan University, International Journal of Communication 10(2016) pp. 3312