Book Launch – News Under Fire

News under Fire: China’s Propaganda against Japan in the English-Language Press, 1928-1941

Dr Shuge Wei, ANU

4:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday, 19 May 2017
The Tea House, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU, Canberra

To be launched by Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki

News under Fire:  China’s Propaganda against Japan in the English- Language Press, 1928-1941 is the first comprehensive study of China’s efforts to establish an effective international propaganda system during the Sino-Japanese crisis. It explores how the weak Nationalist government managed to use its limited resources to compete with Japan in the international press. By retrieving the long neglected history of English-language papers published in the treaty ports, Shuge Wei reveals a multilayered and often chaotic English language media environment in China, and demonstrates its vital importance in defending China’s sovereignty.

Chinese bilingual elites played an important role in linking the party-led propaganda system with the treaty-port press. Yet the development of propaganda institution did not foster the realization of individual ideals. As the Sino-Japanese crisis deepened, the war machine absorbed treaty-port journalists into the militarized propaganda system and dashed their hopes of maintaining a liberal information order.

Shuge Wei is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Culture, History and Language, ANU. Her research interests include China’s media history, Sino-Japanese War and memory, political culture of the Kuomintang government, and grassroots movements in Taiwan and China. She published in distinguished journals including Modern Asian Studies and Twentieth-Century China. She is a research associate of Heidelberg University and Shih Hsin University in Taiwan.

Tessa Morris-Suzuki is Professor of Japanese History, Laureate of the Fukuoka Prize, and ARC Laureate Fellow in the College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU. Her research interests include survival politics and grassroots movements in Northeast Asia; the emergence of the Cold War in Northeast Asia; Japan’s role in the Korean War; migration and minorities in Japan and its region; and issues of historical conflict and reconciliation between the countries of Northeast Asia.