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The discursive reproduction of Chinese and Japanese national identities: Editorials and opinions of the East China Sea dispute in the China Daily and Daily Yomiuri
Unformatted Document Text:  News, identity and ideology 1 Paper presented at the AEJMC 2011 Convention – St. Louis • August 10-13 Michael Chan Chinese University of Hong Kong The discursive reproduction of Chinese and Japanese national identities: Editorials and opinions of the East China Sea dispute in the China Daily and Daily Yomiuri. Abstract Using a critical discourse analysis approach this study analyzed how national identities and ideologies were discursively constructed and reproduced through editorial and opinion commentaries in two English-language newspapers from China and Japan on an international incident involving the two countries. The first four editorials/opinions on the incident from the China Daily and Daily Yomiuri were analyzed. Findings showed that a variety of discursive strategies and linguistic devices were adopted by the newspapers to present the ‘home’ nation positively and ‘other’ nation negatively. Even though both newspapers are products of globalization and purport to target international and cosmopolitan audiences, the reporting of the East China Sea incident closely adhered to official narratives and discourses of the respective countries. Keywords: national identity, ideology, critical discourse analysis, newspapers, editorials, opinions, globalization, comparative study, China, Japan

Authors: Chan, Michael.
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News, identity and ideology 1
Paper presented at the AEJMC 2011 Convention – St. Louis • August 10-13
Michael Chan
Chinese University of Hong Kong
The discursive reproduction of Chinese and Japanese national identities: Editorials and 
opinions of the East China Sea dispute in the China Daily and Daily Yomiuri.
Abstract
Using a critical discourse analysis approach this study analyzed how national identities and 
ideologies were discursively constructed and reproduced through editorial and opinion 
commentaries in two English-language newspapers from China and Japan on an international 
incident involving the two countries. The first four editorials/opinions on the incident from 
the China Daily and Daily Yomiuri were analyzed. Findings showed that a variety of 
discursive strategies and linguistic devices were adopted by the newspapers to present the 
‘home’ nation positively and ‘other’ nation negatively. Even though both newspapers are 
products of globalization and purport to target international and cosmopolitan audiences, the 
reporting of the East China Sea incident closely adhered to official narratives and discourses 
of the respective countries.
Keywords: national identity, ideology, critical discourse analysis, newspapers, editorials, 
opinions, globalization, comparative study, China, Japan


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