CHEN Wei (Wuhan University), The Image of China in Hong Kong Media: Content Analysis of the Coverage in Hong Kong Newspapers, English/19 Pages, April 2012.


This study examines the representation of the image of China by three Hong Kong newspapers—Ming Pao、Sing Tao Daily and Apple Daily in 2005, 2008 and 2010. With a brief review of national image, the social construction theory and contemporary media system in Hong Kong, a quantitative content analysis was conducted in terms of news themes and favorability differences. Findings show that coverage of China has increased over time; the tone of reports varies according to different content categories. The construction of this image is a result of the interplay between political pressures and economic forces coupled with professionalism and commercialism of Hong Kong media.