Islamophobia in China: news coverage, stereotypes, and Chinese Muslims’ perceptions of themselves and Islam

Rose L W LUQIU*, Fan Yang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

An analysis spanning 10 years of news reports about Muslims and Islam in Chinese state news media (N = 15,427) demonstrates that Chinese news reports project an overall negative view of Muslims. An implicit association test performed in the non-Muslim Chinese population (N = 1479) reveals negative stereotypes of Muslims. In addition, a survey of Chinese Muslims (N = 384) shows that they perceive negative coverage of Muslims and Islam in Chinese media, and that real-life discrimination might be a consequence of such negative stereotyping. This study reveals that (1) there is an overall negative framing of news coverage of Muslims and Islam; (2) non-Muslim Chinese hold a negative stereotype of Muslims and Islam; (3) Chinese Muslims are cognizant of a negative media portrayal of Islam and of themselves; and (4) some Muslim Chinese experience discrimination in their daily lives. The present study contributes to the literature on global Islamophobia, a phenomenon that is understudied in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-619
Number of pages22
JournalAsian Journal of Communication
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese Muslim
  • framing
  • Islamophobia
  • news media
  • Uyghur
  • Xinjiang

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