Analyzing portrayals of the desired national identity of the Tibetan ethnicity in China's propaganda

Chen Wu, Hao-chieh Chang

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Abstract

China’s national identity construction in Tibet is considered failed given the public riots in 2008. This study examined its propaganda toward Tibet in the post-1989 period to discover possible problems in the national identity construction over the Tibetan ethnicity. Step by step inquiries were conducted as follows: 1) identifying the patterns of the nation-ethnicity frames in the propaganda; 2) examining whether the propaganda featured multiculturalism as claimed by China; and 3) assessing if Tibetans were portrayed as in-group members. 3,534 news stories randomly sampled from two mainstream newspapers in Tibet were content analyzed. Results show that during the post-1989 period, the image of China as a nation kept depowering Tibetans in governance. The claimed multiculturalism appeared to be narrowly-defined, limiting to economic development issues. In addition, in-group portrayals of Tibetans on the national level were significantly different from those on the ethnic level. Implications of findings were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2012
EventICA 2012 - 62nd Annual International Communication Association Conference: Communication and Community - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 24 May 201228 May 2012

Conference

ConferenceICA 2012 - 62nd Annual International Communication Association Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period24/05/1228/05/12

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