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The U.S. Newsmagazines Coverage of the “Asian Economic Tigers,” 1990-2000: A Content Analysis

by Budianto, Ariadne

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In the early 1990s, several nations emerged as the new Asia’s economic powerhouses: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. These nations, known as the “Asian economic tigers,” have always played an important role in serving the United States’ interests in the East Asia region. Previous studies have shown that the way the United States sees other countries is most often reflected in its media. This study is a content analysis of how four leading American news magazines—Business Week, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News & World Report—portrayed these Asian “tigers,” from 1990 to 2000. Although there are many studies conducted to examine the other Asian economic giants (China and Japan), only limited attention has been given to examine American media coverage these new “tigers.” This research is designed to find out how these magazines cover these nations by examining: the number of stories written, the trends and patterns of coverage over time, the topics prevalent in this period, and the sources within the stories. The results show that although the magazines have different preferences in covering each “tiger,” they were similar in determining what events are considered “important.” They agree that events related to “economy and business” are the “most important.” This research also found that overall the magazines employ sources from the “tiger” nations more than to sources from the United States or international institutions. A new power structure that defines information in American media is set by a new form of elite: the economic elites.
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School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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