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The portals listed under “Starting Points” generally feature newsfeeds and links to media outlets.  Many major American and European news sources have Beijing bureaus, with occasional on-site reporting from Taiwan and Hong Kong – the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BBC and CNN tend to have the most extensive coverage.  For in-depth knowledge and a variety of perspectives, however, these are some of the most prominent local media sites in Asia.  For additional links, check the home pages of the major East Asian research libraries listed under “Libraries and Archives.”

Newspapers and magazines.

A good place to search out available news sites is the Online Newspapers page (, which allows searching by country or region. Users in the BC community should also consult the online news databases available via the libraries website (, which offer full-text versions of some subscription sites.  Particularly valuable for Asia news is LexisNexis Academic (includes the South China Morning Post, among others) and World News Connection (daily feeds from numerous central and local Chinese and Hong Kong papers); Ethnic NewsWatch provides access to several Asian American publications. 


Asia Media: The Asia Pacific Media Network, UCLA A nonprofit, nonpartisan service that culls links to stories of interest from the Asian press, and publishes commentaries and special reports of its own.  This site also links to the biweekly web magazine Asia Pacific Arts.

Asia Times Online An internet-only publication reported and written from Asia, with news from around the continent.  Available in English and Chinese editions.

China Media Guide, An excellent annotated list of media sites of all types, portals and more (mainland oriented) from this invaluable blog.

Chinese Media Net (多維媒體)  A New York-based media company that publishes a news website (click on “Chinese News Net” (多維新聞網), weekly print paper, and the English-language newsletter China Strategy in conjunction with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  This website also has extremely valuable links to other forms of media.

China Digital Times (CDT, 中国数字时代) Run by the Berkeley Chinese Internet Project of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, this site serves as a news aggregator and guide to blogs and other online resources, as well as sponsoring special reports and discussions on technology and contemporary society.

China Media Project (中國傳媒研究計畫), University of Hong Kong Analyzes media reform; an excellent source of information on the general state of China's media, and important developments.

China News Digest This US-based site provides a digest of stories on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong from the official and unofficial press, in Chinese and English.  For Chinese readers, it also includes a literary magazine and bulletin board.

Boxun (博讯新闻网) or Peacehall (English version) Another overseas-based news site. Worth reading since some items come directly from Chinese activists, but always in tandem with other sources, as the editors do not necessarily verify stories and accuracy has been known to vary. The EastSouthWestNorth blog linked below is a good source of analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Boxun.

Far Eastern Economic Review Published by the Wall Street Journal, once the most prominent English-language news magazine covering the region, now reduced to a bimonthly. Limited content available without subscription.


Sohu News (新闻中心 -- 搜狐网站) The news section for one of the most popular web portals in China.

China Daily The official English-language newspaper of the Chinese government. Also a discussion forum and business and travel info.

People’s Daily (人民日报) Extensive website built around the primary official news outlet of the Chinese government.  English, Japanese, Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic versions also available.

City Weekend A biweekly magazine published in Beijing, aimed primarily at the expat community.  The website also features city guides to Beijing and Shanghai, with information on restaurants, entertainment, businesses, events, as well as classified ads.

Nanfang Daily (南方日报)and Nanfang City News (南方都市报) This Guangzhou-based family of papers is recognized by many to have superior reporting and a somewhat higher level of frankness than many PRC mainstream press outlets.

Caijing (财经) The best business magazine in China also sometimes produces hard-hitting general interest stories. Site includes English as well as Chinese content.

Hong Kong:

South China Morning Post A valuable source of English-language news on greater China and East Asia as well as on Hong Kong.  Registration required.

Ming Pao (明報新聞網) Extensive site for this Chinese-language Hong Kong paper.

Singtao Electronic Daily (星島網) Chinese-language Hong Kong newspaper; the English-language Standard can also be accessed from this site.

Apple Daily (蘋果日報) Tabloidy and wildly popular.


Taiwan Headlines

我的E政府 -- click on "訊息". The English and Chinese sites, respectively, for new releases from the official Taiwan Central News Agency. See for video.

eTaiwan News Similar in basic content to Taiwan Headlines, but organized by topic, and with opinion sections and discussion fora.

Taipei Times The best English-language newspaper in Taiwan.  Often has feature stories and editorials that serve as useful sources of cultural and political background information. Searchable archives to 1998.

China Post Published since 1952, the China Post provides business and economic information as well as general news.  Some bilingual stories and features useful for language learners.

China Times (中時電子報) This and the following four sites represent the major Chinese-language dailies in Taiwan.  

ETToday (東森新聞報)

Liberty Times (自由時報電子新聞網)

South News (南方快報)

United Daily News (聯合新聞網)

Apple Daily, Taiwan edition (泰蘋果網路)

The Journalist (新新聞週刊) Taiwan’s most respected investigative newsweekly (Chinese only.)


Global Voices Online A project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, this site finds and links to interesting blogs from around the world. It also features podcasts, Skypecasts and other media. It is particularly strong on content from China, and in addition to regular links contains many useful discussions on the state of press and internet freedom. It is considerably weaker on Taiwan and Hong Kong.

EastSouthWestNorth is a must-read, and covers Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as China. Here Roland Soong posts English translations of Chinese-language media articles, blog entries, bulletin-board postings (BBS) and other web happenings, as well as his own invaluable analysis.

A useful list of blogs is also kept in the University of Redland's "East and Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources" at

Virtual China, a project of the Asia Focus program of the Institute for the Future, keeps track of gaming, blogs, arts, media, viral trends and other aspects of online life in China.

Bullog (牛博网) is a Chinese-language aggregator site run by blogger Luo Yonghao, collecting the content of the more progressive blogs in China.

The China Beat Analysis of media coverage of China, and in-depth background on issues in the news.

Radio and Television: 

Sites with streaming radio and television broadcasts are too numerous to list in their entirety here. A good starting point for searching out and accessing worldwide Chinese and non-Chinese language radio and TV sites is via the appropriate sections of the Chinese Media Net site: (多維廣播網) and (多維電視網) (Chinese language.)  Otherwise, web portals are the best place to find links.

Buying books, music, movies, etc.

The proliferation of internet merchandising in recent years has made it much easier to acquire new publications, DVDs and all manner of media-related technology much cheaper and faster than ever before.  Many of the major portals, such as, offer links to vendors. As with all web purchasing, consumers should use good judgment in deciding where to buy.  Below are a few of the more reliable and experienced sources.   For further links to vendors of books in English, Chinese and other Asian languages, consult the extremely useful list put together by the East Asian Collection Project, jointly run by Macalester, St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges:

China Books and Periodicals, Inc. One of the oldest publishers and vendors of English, Chinese and bilingual books about China.  Specializes in literature and language texts, but you can also find many films and some traditional music here, as well as software.

Cheng & Tsui Like China Books, both a publisher and distributor of books, audio-visual material and software on Asian languages, culture and history.

Nan Hai Co., Inc. Videos, DVDs and VCDs of films and TV series from mainland China, print and CD-ROM dictionaries and reference works, Chinese- and English-language books from China. 

YesAsia  Sells books, DVDs/VCDs/videos and CDs in both Chinese and English (as well as Korean, Japanese, etc.)  You can also find appliances, electronics, snacks and other Asian goods here. (龍湶國際書網) US-based site for Chinese-language books, multimedia and magazine subscriptions.

Facets Multi-Media.  Specializing in independent and foreign film, this is a good source for DVDs and videos of contemporary arthouse directors from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan (such as Wong Kar-wai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, etc.) DVDs/VCDs/videos from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand and elsewhere.


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