'What they said: People’s Daily and Straits Times during Covid-19 lockdown'
- Teams ar-lein
- Dydd Mercher 23 Mawrth 2022, 14:00–15:00
Dr. Damien Ng - Julius Baer, Zurich
This paper explores the headlines of news articles from two newspapers: the People’s Daily from China and the Straits Times from Singapore. Based on both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the article draws on the realm of critical discourse analysis to identify the major thematic focus of the two newspapers during the Covid-19 lockdown in China and Singapore. Included in this paper are 200 headlines collected from Bloomberg based on the search terms ‘新冠病毒’ and ‘Covid-19’ for the People’s Daily and Straits Times, respectively. Although China and Singapore are largely Confucian societies, the findings revealed that both newspapers diverged in the type of themes and sub-themes. While the state plays an important role in the representation of China in the People’s Daily, the economy and Covid-19 lockdown offenders are more widely reported in the Straits Times. These observations reflect China’s larger state involvement vis-à-vis Singapore’s open capitalistic economy and propensity to mete out punishments as deterrence for undesirable behaviour.
Awdur: Damien Ng
'Damien Ng is an executive director at Julius Baer. As a thematic research analyst responsible for the ‘Shifting Lifestyle’ theme, he focuses on demographics and healthcare issues ranging from genomics and digital health to extended longevity and healthy living. Damien holds a PhD in China/Japan Studies from Durham University (UK), a Master of Advanced Studies in Finance from the University of Zurich, and a Master of Arts in Translation from the University of Bristol. His first monograph entitled ‘Currency Wars with China and Japan in Western Newsmagazines’ will be published with Routledge.'