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"Das olympische Feuer brennt. Und mit ihm lodert das Misstrauen" : die Chinaberichterstattung während der Olympischen Sommerspiele in Beijing 2008

"The Olympic torch burns, and great suspicion blazes": China narratives in the German media during the 2008 summer
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Poerner, Michael

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Abstract This paper focuses on the description of China in leading German daily and weekly newspapers during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. On the basis of a brief outline of the main China narratives in German media since the 1950s, this paper analyses China-related articles which were published during the period August 8-15, 2008. It argues that reports on China are mostly based on well established German notions of China and centre around the image of a despotic and/or dangerous China. Therefore, they primarily refer back to the source culture and contain little information of value regarding the target culture.

Der Autor untersucht die China-Darstellung in führenden deutschen Tages- und Wochenzeitungen während der Sommer-Olympiade 2008 in Peking.
Keywords China; reporting; Federal Republic of Germany; daily paper; weekly; Olympic Games; stereotype; dictatorship; human rights; foreign policy
Classification Print Media
Method empirical; qualitative empirical
Free Keywords Social Sciences; Print Media; International Cultural Relations; Sozialwissenschaften; Printmedien; Internationale Kulturbeziehungen; Beijing; Present; Peking
Document language German
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 161-180
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 38 (2009) 1
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works