Viewing through Silenced Eyes: a Look at American Media Portrayal of China
Anita Brown; Justin C. Velten, Ph.D.

For years, the citizens of America have had a seemingly negative image of the People’s Republic of China painted for them by the news media. However, there is a gap in the literature regarding the American perception of China as created by the portrayal of China by the media. In light of the current political debates surrounding our country, it is important for us to realize that our country has potentially developed an inaccurate and unfair view of the people of China and their culture. This paper seeks to find the public opinion of Americans regarding the news media’s depiction of China, its accuracy, and its fairness. This research provides details of how the American perception of China is built largely through the media, both American and Chinese, and this ultimately affects how we react and treat Chinese citizens.

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