Global Media Spectacle

News War over Hong Kong

By Chin-Chuan Lee, Joseph Man Chan, Zhongdang Pan, and Clement Y K So

Subjects: Chinese Studies
Series: SUNY series in Global Media Studies
Paperback : 9780791454725, 270 pages, October 2002
Hardcover : 9780791454718, 270 pages, October 2002

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Table of contents

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1. Global Event, National Prisms

2. News Staging

3. Domestication of Global News

4. Hyping and Repairing News Paradigms

5. Banging the Democracy Drum: From the Superpower

6. Essentializing Colonialism: Heroes and Villains

7. Defining the Nation-State: One Event, Three Stories

8. Human Rights and National Interest: From the Middle Powers

9. Media Event as Global Discursive Contestation

Epilogue: After the Handover

Appendix I. Sampled Media Organizations

Appendix II. Interviewees

Appendix III. Guideline for Interview

Appendix IV. Content Analysis

Appendix V. Coding Scheme





Uses Hong Kong’s transfer from Britain to China to explore how media coverage is guided by ideological struggle.


Focusing on the global media coverage of Hong Kong's transfer from Britain to China, Global Media Spectacle explores how the world media plan, operate, compete, and produce a historical record during significant global events. The authors interviewed seventy-six print and television reporters from the United States, Britain, the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Canada, and Japan to delve into the revealing world of writing first drafts of history from reporters' vantage points. Punctuated with witty and incisive examples, the book provides a useful description of contestation and alliance, themes and variations, and convergence and divergence between and within various blocs of nations.

Chin-Chuan Lee is Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota and Director of the China Times Center for Media and Social Studies. In the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Joseph Man Chan is Professor and Clement Y. K. So is Associate Professor. Zhongdang Pan is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison.


"This exciting and innovative study of a major media event shows that media elites reproduce the assumptions and interests dominant in their country and in international global events take the position of constructing discursive contestations of other countries, while promoting their own country's interests and agendas. " — Douglas Kellner, author of Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics Between the Modern and the Postmodern

"Global Media Spectacle is an absorbing book about news stories, beautifully written and packed with fascinating details and rich insights. The authors sift through a mountain of media texts and weave a diverse body of material into an engaging narrative. The quotes from the news media are both colorful and illustrative. " — Yuezhi Zhao, Simon Fraser University