KVAB Handelingen (within Publication Series KVAB) vol:Not available yet pages:21 pp
International Contact Forum on Chinese Discourses, Brussels Center for Chinese Discourse Studies edition:First location:KVAB (Royal Flemish Academy), Brussels date:4-6 November 2010
This study examines some recurrent practices in official Chinese discourse as it has been disseminated in its state media over the last decade. Much research has been conducted on the dramatic change of media formats and TV-programming style on the Chinese continent. Formal features of the traditional media have indeed undergone an unprecedented metamorphosis and, as a key participant in the global community, China has also jumped on the bandwagon of new media and entered the blogging age. Yet, content and discursive style of news reports and political speeches in the state media has remained fairly constant when politically sensitive news items are concerned. Three key moments in recent Chinese history of major importance for attitudes on political and cultural identity will be taken as anchor points for comparison: 1997 Hong Kong handover, 2001 US surveillance plane collision with a Chinese jetfighter, 2005 anti-secession law. This empirical study probes into the extent to which some particular textual features form recurrent patterns generating ideological meaning on the implicit as well as explicit level.