Chinese Media and Netizens on Virginia Shootings

With the tragic shootings in Virginia at the top of the news in the U.S., the Chinese media is also responding. From Danwei:

Reports and discussion about Monday’s shootings at Virginia Tech filled the Chinese media and online forums today.

News was gleaned from reports from the American press and from Chinese journalists stationed in the US. There was some analysis – background on other school shootings, discussions about the gun ownership, open campuses, and the “culture of violence,” and speculations on whether Asians will face discrimination as a result of the incident (verdict: probably not). [Full text]

And Beijing Newspeak blog explains how an erroneous Chicago Sun-Times report claiming the gunman was Chinese spread in China and may have influenced the government’s (and therefore the official media’s) reaction to the violence.


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