Going with the flow : Chinese travel journalism in change

Bao, Jiannu (2005) Going with the flow : Chinese travel journalism in change. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The thesis explores the evolution of Chinese travel journalism since 1978, the year China launched its economic reforms and opened to the international community and examines its role in facilitating social changes. Discussion is based on texts from the print, television and online media. Four case studies illustrate how Chinese media are influenced by the state, the market and readerships.

The central argument of this thesis is that Chinese travel journalism has established itself as a recognised genre of popular journalism due to rapid growth in tourism along with market-driven reforms. Travel journalism has developed within the official media (the Party press), negotiated media (commercially oriented) and flexible (online) media. These divisions promote a range of information, advice and discussion available to

travellers and tourists. In the case of the official media, the information is framed by concerns to regulate; in the case of the negotiated media, there is more scope for commercial promotions; the flexible online media allows non-professional participation. As such, the development of travel journalism reflects the evolution of Chinese media from a propaganda institution to a modernising media industry, and more recently, to a platform for personal expression and alternative voices.

The government support for the development of the tourism market has been a strong spur for the growth of travel journalism, and the discourses of Chinese modernisation are carried through the popularisation of travel as a subject in the media. Chinese travel journalism provides advice on social conduct for travellers, both in domestic and international situations, and it influences national self-perceptions and international outlook. Developing in the broader context of social, economic and cultural changes, travel journalism provides a valuable gauge for the study of transformations in Chinese society and Chinese lifestyles.

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ID Code: 16185
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Spurgeon, Christina & Hartley, John
Keywords: China, travel journalism, popular journalism, Chinese media, official media, negotiated media, flexible media, media representation, market influence, lifestyle change, experience economy, personal expression, Chinese national identity, nationalism, image of China, and social transformation.
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Jiannu Bao
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:58
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:44

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