An examination of communication across cultures in news media and at informal/personal levels : with concentration on relations among two South East Asian countries and Australia and those two countries and Germany

Klaussner, Miriam (2002) An examination of communication across cultures in news media and at informal/personal levels : with concentration on relations among two South East Asian countries and Australia and those two countries and Germany. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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Abstract

In the age of globalisation dominated by mass communication, the flow of information contributes to a big extent to the worldviews of its "global citizens". From this point of view the mass media can be seen as one of the most salient sources of cross-cultural communication. This study investigates mass communication across cultures, focusing on South East Asia (Malaysia and Singapore), Australia and Germany. The centre of attention is the Western media coverage of South East Asia and vice versa. In this context a content analysis of newspapers of the three regions has been conducted. In addition, working practices and conditions of Western foreign correspondents in South East Asia have been examined. Apart from the investigation of inter-cultural media coverage, another focus of attention will be the examination of two levels of communication: The business level, concentrating on issues like e.g. the Asian business etiquette; and the private level, looking into the transition to a different culture from the perspective of Australian and German expatriates. Apart from investigating mass communication across cultures and to provide a written analysis of the findings, a series of radio documentaries in English and in German has been produced. They cover the following issues: Foreign correspondents in South East Asia, the expatriate-lifestyle of Australians and Germans in South East Asia, business etiquette in Asia, student exchange Germany-Asia, image and prejudices East-West and Tourism.

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ID Code: 36439
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Duffield, Lee
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Presented to the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.

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Keywords: Intercultural communication, Mass media, Communication and culture, Western role of media, Asian role of media, media and image shaping, news values, global journalism, international news agenda, Australian expatriates in South East Asia, German expatriates in South East Asia, business etiquette in South East Asia, Kiasu phenomenon, Asian values, Asian club culture, Asian status symbols, cultural stereotypes, image East-West, Australia's media coverage of South East Asia, Germany's media coverage of South East Asia, South East Asia's media coverage of Australia, South East Asia's media coverage of Germany, Foreign correspondents in Asia, 'matter' painting, 'action' painting, 'pour' painting, 'drip' painting, thesis, masters
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Miriam Klaussner
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:05
Last Modified: 24 May 2016 05:31

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