Picturing China in the American Press: The Visual Portrayal of Sino-American Relations in Time Magazine

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Picturing China in the American Press: The Visual Portrayal of Sino-American Relations in Time Magazine

by David D. Perlmutter

Lexington Books | March 29, 2007 | Trade Paperback |

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Picturing China in the American Press juxtaposes what the ordinary American news reader was shown visually inTime Magazine between 1949 and 1973 with contemporary perspectives on the behind-the-scenes history of the period. Time Magazine is an especially fruitful source for such a visual-historical contrast and comparison because it was China-centric, founded and run by Henry Luce, a man who loved China and was commensurably obsessed with winning China to democracy and Western influence. Picturing China examines in detail major events (the Korean War and Nixon''s trip to China), less considerable occurrences (shellings of Straits islands and diplomatic flaps), great personages (Chairman Mao and Henry Kissinger), and the common people and common life of China as seen through the lenses and described by the pens of American reporters, artists, photographers, and editors. Picturing China in the American Press is of great interest to both scholars of communications, Chinese history, China Studies, and journalists.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 294 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: March 29, 2007

Publisher: Lexington Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 073911820X

ISBN - 13: 9780739118207

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Picturing China in the American Press: The Visual Portrayal of Sino-American Relations in Time Magazine

Picturing China in the American Press: The Visual Portrayal of Sino-American Relations in Time Magazine

by David D. Perlmutter

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 294 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: March 29, 2007

Publisher: Lexington Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 073911820X

ISBN - 13: 9780739118207

About the Book

Picturing China is the first post Cold War intensive study comparing and contrasting press coverage of an important period in East-West relations to the "what we know now" of archival history. The book reveals the many instances when the American public and journalists, as well as our government, floundered in their attempt to understand China and so serves as a cautionary tale for all those who wish to comprehend the complexities of other nations and other peoples via journalism's "first draft of history."

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Prologue: Translating Images of China Chapter 2 Opening China: War and Revolution Chapter 3 The Korean War, 1950-1953 Chapter 4 Armageddon For Jinmen?: The Taiwan Straits of Crises, 1954-1959 Chapter 5 Interlude and Stasis, 1960-1967 Chapter 6 Journey to China, 1968-1973

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Picturing China in the American Press juxtaposes what the ordinary American news reader was shown visually inTime Magazine between 1949 and 1973 with contemporary perspectives on the behind-the-scenes history of the period. Time Magazine is an especially fruitful source for such a visual-historical contrast and comparison because it was China-centric, founded and run by Henry Luce, a man who loved China and was commensurably obsessed with winning China to democracy and Western influence. Picturing China examines in detail major events (the Korean War and Nixon''s trip to China), less considerable occurrences (shellings of Straits islands and diplomatic flaps), great personages (Chairman Mao and Henry Kissinger), and the common people and common life of China as seen through the lenses and described by the pens of American reporters, artists, photographers, and editors. Picturing China in the American Press is of great interest to both scholars of communications, Chinese history, China Studies, and journalists.

About the Author

David D. Perlmutter is professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. A documentary photographer, he is the author of three books and the editor of a fourth on war, politics, visual images, new media, and public opinion: Photojournalism and Foreign Policy: Framing Icons of Outrage in International Crises (Greenwood, 1998);Visions of War: Picturing Warfare from the Stone Age to the Cyberage (St. Martin''s, 1999); (ed.) Guide to Political Communication (LSU Press, 1999); Policing the Media: Street Cops and Public Perceptions of Law Enforcement (Sage, 2000).

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