Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-5668-3 • Paperback • May 2008 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
978-0-7425-7314-7 • eBook • May 2008 • $39.50 • (£30.00)
Judy Polumbaum is a former newspaper reporter. She is currently professor of journalism and mass communication at The University of Iowa. Along with Gao Yuan, she cowrote Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution and Lure the Tiger Out of the Mountains: The Thirty-six Stratagems of Ancient China. Xiong Lei spent 25 years as a reporter and editor for China Features, an English-language feature service of Xinhua News Agency. She is an environmental writer and consultant in Beijing.
Preface by Aryeh Neier
Introduction by Judy Polumbaum
Part I: The Changing Establishment
Chapter 1: Wang Jun, Outlook Weekly
Chapter 2: Zhou Yijun, Xinhua News Agency
Chapter 3: Lin Gu, China Features
Chapter 4: Gong Wen, People's Daily
Chapter 5: Tan Hongkai, China Daily
Chapter 6: Jin Yongquan, China Youth News
Part II: Into the Fray
Chapter 7: Li Yang, China Newsweek
Chapter 8: Liu Jianqiang, Southern Weekend
Chapter 9: Hu Zhibin, The First
Chapter 10: Zhan Minhui, Beijing News
Part III: In the Niches
Chapter 11: Lu Yi, Sanlian Life Weekly
Chapter 12: Yang Jin, Nationalities Pictorial
Chapter 13: Zhang Xuguang, China Sports News
Chapter 14: Ma Yin, Titan News
Part IV: Over the Air
Chapter 15: Liu Qian, China Central Television
Chapter 16: Ai Da, Beijing Television
Chapter 17: Xiang Fei, China National Radio
Part V: New Configurations
Chapter 18: Wang Shuo, Finance & Economics Magazine
Chapter 19: Liu Zouwei, 21st Century Business Herald
Chapter 20: Zhang Lixian, Readers Warehouse
Not only are the journalists included here highly ethical and aware, they're also largely upbeat. . . . Polumbaum's subjects are open and persuasive, and each oral history has charm and detail to spare.
— Publishers Weekly
This book makes for fascinating and very timely reading. . . . Polumbaum and Xiong’s interviewees provide a vivid series of snapshots that enable us to gain a feeling for the fast pace of change [in the journalistic realm]. . . . China Ink’s great virtue is that it offers rich and interesting primary material that, to the best of my knowledge, cannot be found anywhere else, at least in English.
— China Beat
Innumerable pundits have vied to pronounce upon the social and cultural development of the Chinese, but Polumbaum's approach—letting her subjects speak for themselves—appears to be the one now needed most. After putting her interviewees into context with a concise introduction, she simply lets each one recount their own story in a dedicated chapter, resisting the temptation to analyze and conclude, and eschewing clichés such as the prediction that the free market will break down censorship entirely. What results is an unadorned snapshot of a moment in Chinese media, both intimate and unusual.
— Time Magazine
China Ink is a fascinating window onto the world in which Chinese journalists operate. Among the book's most striking revelations is the wide variety of personalities, tactics, values, and aspirations with which they approach their task.
— James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly
By reading China Ink you will learn more about Chinese media, building codes, swimming and diving, censorship, and writing styles than you could in ten different books—and all of it through the eyes, ears, and pens of significant Chinese journalists. China Ink is both a primer for the beginner and a reinforcement for the frequent visitor and scholar.
— James Harris, founder, Prairie Lights Bookstore