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“The Olympic Torch Burns, and Great Suspicion Blazes” – China Narratives in the German Media during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing 2008 „Das olympische Feuer brennt. Und mit ihm lodert das Misstrauen“ – Die Chinaberichterstattung während der Olympischen Sommerspiele in Beijing 2008

Author(s): Michael Poerner

Journal: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
ISSN 1868-1026

Volume: 38;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 161;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Social Sciences | Print Media | International Cultural Relations | 70 | China | Beijing | Present | Sozialwissenschaften | Printmedien | Internationale Kulturbeziehungen | China | Peking

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.
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