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Joining the Global Public

Word, Image, and City in Early Chinese Newspapers, 1870-1910

Rudolf G. Wagner

Publication Year: 2007

Joining the Global Public examines early Chinese-language newspapers and analyzes their impact on China’s modernization. Exploring a range of media such as regular dailies, illustrated weeklies, and entertainment papers, contributors look at factors that influenced the nature of these publications, including foreign models, foreign managers, and a first generation of Chinese journalists, editorialists, and “newspainters.” With analyses demonstrating how the growth of popular media would enable China to join the global public, contributors also examine the impact of inserting an alien medium—a newspaper—into a Chinese universe and note the spread of new attitudes and values as entertainment papers filled the space of a newly created urban leisure. A superb and pioneering documentation of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Chinese-language media, Joining the Global Public serves as an introduction to this important yet little-studied part of China’s modernization.

Published by: State University of New York Press


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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

This volume presents some fruits of the work of members of an informal research group, Structure and Development of the Chinese Public Sphere, established in Heidelberg in 1993. It provided a forum for a broad range of independent research projects linked by this focus; subjects ranged from the rhetoric of late Qing editorials to the administration of the national memory ...

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pp. 1-12

The 1989 translation into English of Jurgen Habermas's 1962 study, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere in Europe has provoked a debate among China scholars about the viability of concepts such as public sphere and civil society in China.1 In a path breaking study independent of ...

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1. Domesticating an Alien Medium:Incorporating the Western-style Newspaper into the Chinese Public Sphere

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pp. 13-46

China did not have newspapers in the Western sense of the word before foreign missionaries and merchants published their first Chinese-language papers in China. Thus, the developing Chinese press also shared the particular features of its Western counterparts.1 And yet, for these paper to be operative in the new environment, they had to change ..

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2. Useful Knowledge and Appropriate Communication: The Field of Journalistic Production in Late Nineteenth Century China

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pp. 47-104

Studies on the public sphere and political culture in general in late Qing China have only recently started to focus on newspapers and other print media. This was in part due to the influence of Habermas's study of the pivotal role of print media in the development of the public sphere in eighteenth- and nineteenth-...

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3. Joining the Global Imaginaire: The Shanghai Illustrated Newspaper Dianshizhai huabao

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pp. 105-174

The nineteenth century saw a vast expansion of the reading public in Europe and North America through public education; of reading time through the introduction of gas and electric lamps; and of reading occasions through extended leisure and railway travel. Paper manufacturing was greatly enlarged, and machine-driven presses sped up the printing process; the resulting higher ...

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4. New Wine in Old Bottles?Making and Reading an Illustrated Magazine from Late Nineteenth-Century Shanghai

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pp. 175-200

The Illustrated News from the Dianshizhai, Dianshizhai huabao (DSZHB)1 (1884-1898) has been called the founding father of the Chinese illustrated magazine,2 although, strictly speaking it was not the first of its kind;3 and has been regarded as authentically Chinese,4 even though the founder was British and its model Western...

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5. Shanghai Leisure, Print Entertainment, and the Tabloids, xiaobao

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pp. 201-234

Shanghai's ascendance to China's premier center of trade and commerce was both conditioned and accompanied by its ascendance to the Chinese capital of entertainment. By the 1860s and 1870s, entertainment had become one of the city's main attractions for wealthy retirees and active businessmen. It was a major source of revenue. The process resembles that of Paris as its ...


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pp. 235-236


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pp. 237-249

E-ISBN-13: 9780791479988
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791471173
Print-ISBN-10: 0791471179

Page Count: 257
Illustrations: 1 table, 23 figures
Publication Year: 2007