Canadian Press Coverage of the Ethnic Chinese Community: A Content Analysis of The Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun, 1970-1990

Jianming Ma, Kai Hildebrandt

Abstract


Abstract: We examined the coverage of ethnic Chinese in The Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun from 1970 to 1990. Coverage and the diversity of stories grew dramatically. However, the largely positive slant of most 1970 stories was later balanced by neutral and negative coverage. The reportage slant changed partly because cultural stories were augmented by crime and (increasingly negative) immigration stories. The decline of "stereotypically positive'' stories may also mark the increasing integration of the Chinese community and their coverage into the mainstream. Résumé: Nous avons éxaminé les reportages sur les chinois dans le Toronto Star et le Vancouver Sun de 1970 à 1990. Les reportages et la diversité des nouvelles ont beaucoup augmenté. Par contre, le biais plutôt positif des histoires des années 70 a par la suite cédé place à des reportages neutres ou négatifs. Ce changement s'explique par le nombre croissant d'histoires ayant trait à des crimes ou à des situations d'immigration (de plus en plus négatives). Le déclin d'histoires positives stéréotypées marque aussi le début de l'intégration croissante de la communauté chinoise.

Keywords


Canadian press coverage; Ethnic; Content analysis; Toronto Star; Vancouver Sun

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.1993v18n4a777

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