Perspectives on Communication in the People's Republic of China

Perspectives on Communication in the People's Republic of China

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China's development from a traditional society to a technologically advanced, completely modern republic has been extraordinarily rapid. Due to developments since the mid-1980s, Chinese daily life for many has jumped directly from that constrained by an agricultural economy to that liberated by the information age. In Perspectives on Communication in the People's Republic of China, James Schnell chronicles these changes and their impact on mass communication. He looks closely at Chinese newspaper reports and television programs and listens to government officials and people in the street, providing readers with an insider's view of the current state of communication in China, from the political to the personal. Grouped under the major categories of politics, education, and health are observations gleaned from Schnell's nine visits to China as a visiting scholar and military attach. Ethnographic case studies are supported by examples from the media and supplemented with extensive references.
Schnell concludes his fascinating look at contemporary China with an examination of cross-cultural communication on the most sophisticated level: that between President Clinton and Chinese officials during Clinton's 1998 visit to China. This book is must reading for students of Asian studies with an interest in communications and is ideal supplementary reading for courses in both communications and Asian studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 136 pages
  • 157.5 x 236 x 12.2mm | 299.38g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739100130
  • 9780739100134

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Bourgeois Liberation: The Labeling of Unwanted American Influence Chapter 2 Sovereignty and Reunification Controversy: China's Efforts to Influence Perceptions Chapter 3 Using C-SPAN to Analyse U.S. Reaction to the Chinese Pro-democracy Movement Chapter 4 The Lack of Political Cartoons in the People's Republic of China Chapter 5 High Context Messaging in Chinese English-Language Mass Media Chapter 6 East Meets West in News Reporting: A Comparison of China Daily and China News Diagest Chapter 7 Lei Feng: Government Subsidized Role Model
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About James A. Schnell

James A. Schnell is Professor of Communication Studies at Ohio Dominican College. He has written three books and is the author of many journal articles and conference presentations dealing with interpersonal and cross-cultural communication. Schnell has taught at Northern Jiaotong University in Beijing and is Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force (Reserve), serving as assistant air attachE to China.
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