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作者 Chiu, Herman B., 1952-
書名 When 1,000 words are worth a picture : how newspapers portrayed the Chinese and Irish who built the first transcontinental railroad / by Herman B. Chiu
出版項 Ann Arbor, Mich : University Microfilms International (UMI), 2005
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 歐美所圖書館  305.8 C4495 2005    在架上  -  30500101515628
說明 vi, 241 p. : map ; 22 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
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附註 "UMI number: 3164495"
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004
Includes bibliographical references (p. 226-234)
This dissertation was a qualitative study that examined newspaper coverage of the Chinese and Irish workers who built the Central Pack and Union Pacific, the two halves of the first transcontinental railroad, between 1865 and 1869. Such comparisons of coverage of non-white and whites are a much-ignored area in journalism history, especially in regards to the Chinese, and especially on a scale that would permit generalization to other groups at other periods. Among the findings in this study was that whereas the Chinese were disparaged by the press both individually and as an ethnic group, the Irish were criticized only as a group. The Chinese almost always appeared in stories that portrayed them as criminals who were arrested for burglaries, indecent exposure, and soliciting for prostitution. On the other hand, the Irish were portrayed as fighters and arrested almost exclusively for disorderly conduct and drunkenness. Stories about the Chinese focused on facial features such as eye shape, while stories about members of both groups highlighted characteristics such as accent, low intelligence in the Chinese, and ignorance in the Irish. These findings are important because concentrations of negative coverage would have resulted in stereotyping. The Chinese workers were seldom identified by name, whereas Caucasian ones almost always were. These differences in coverage can be ascribed to biases in society and different journalistic standards during the 1860s
主題 Chinese -- Press coverage of
Irish -- Press coverage of
Railroad construction workers -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Union Pacific Railroad Company -- History
Central Pacific Railroad Company -- History
Alt Author University Microfilms International
Alt Title When one thousand words are worth a picture
How newspapers portrayed the Chinese and Irish who built the first transcontinental railroad
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