Who is to Blame?
A discourse analytic comparison of the news reports on the killing of George Floyd from Mainland China and Taiwan
Critical discourse analysis (CDA) has been broadly applied to understand the social implications of discourse, yet few studies have compared different forms of discourse in Chinese media, especially on the topic of race. Referencing the CDA framework, this study compares two sample news items from Mainland China and Taiwan about the killing of George Floyd and the associated social movements, analyzing their presentational forms, sourcing patterns, headlines, lexical and syntactic choices. A racial analysis is also conducted to better comprehend how racism is constructed and potentially reproduced in Chinese media. The results suggest that the two media sources bifurcate in reporting styles – due to respective journalistic environments and regulations – and their attitudes towards the cause of the reported event. However, they both explicitly identify the issue of racism in the US. This study applies CDA in a non-US context to uncover the reporting styles and racial connotations in Chinese news discourse from Mainland China and Taiwan, identifying future directions for racial discourse analysis in Chinese media.
- 2.Data and methodology
- 3.1Presentational Elements in News
- 3.2Presentational structure of the Sample News Items
- 3.2.1SET iNews
- 3.2.2Dragon Television
- 3.3Analysis of voice presentations and sourcing patterns
- 3.4Headline and sub-headline analysis
- 3.5Lexical, syntactic choices and styles
- 3.6Racial discourse analysis of lexical and syntactic choices
- 4.Discussion and conclusion