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
A good place to search out available news sites
is the Online Newspapers page (http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/),
which allows searching by country or region. Users in the BC community
should also consult the online news databases available via the
libraries website (http://www.bc.edu/libraries/),
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 http://www.atimes.com/.
An internet-only publication reported and written from Asia, with
news from around the continent. Available in English and Chinese
China Media Guide, Danwei.org http://www.danwei.org/editorial/china_media_guide.php
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) http://www.chinesemedianet.com/.
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) http://chinadigitaltimes.net/.
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 http://cmp.hku.hk/
Analyzes media reform; an excellent source of information on the
general state of China's media, and important developments.
China News Digest www.cnd.org.
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) http://www.boxun.com/
or Peacehall (English version) http://www.peacehall.com/news/gb/english/page1.shtml.
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
Far Eastern Economic Review www.feer.com.
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) http://news.sohu.com/.
The news section for one of the most popular web portals in China.
China Daily http://www.chinadaily.net/english/home/index.html.
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) http://www.people.com.cn/.
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 http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/.
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) http://www.caijing.com.cn/
The best business magazine in China also sometimes produces hard-hitting
general interest stories. Site includes English as well as Chinese
South China Morning Post www.scmp.com.
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) www.mingpaonews.com.
Extensive site for this Chinese-language Hong Kong paper.
Singtao Electronic Daily (星島網) www.singtao.com.
Chinese-language Hong Kong newspaper; the English-language Standard
can also be accessed from this site.
Apple Daily (蘋果日報) http://www1.appledaily.atnext.com/template/apple/sec_main.cfm?
Tabloidy and wildly popular.
Taiwan Headlines www.taiwanheadlines.gov.tw/
-- click on "訊息". The English and Chinese sites, respectively,
for new releases from the official Taiwan Central News Agency. See
eTaiwan News http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/index_en.php.
Similar in basic content to Taiwan Headlines, but organized by topic,
and with opinion sections and discussion fora.
Taipei Times http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/.
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 www.chinapost.com.tw.
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) http://news.chinatimes.com/mainpage.htm.
This and the following four sites represent the major Chinese-language
dailies in Taiwan.
ETToday (東森新聞報) http://www.ettoday.com/
Liberty Times (自由時報電子新聞網) http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/
South News (南方快報) http://www.southnews.com.tw/
United Daily News (聯合新聞網) http://udn.com/NEWS/main.html
Apple Daily, Taiwan edition (泰蘋果網路) http://1-apple.com.tw/
The Journalist (新新聞週刊) http://www.new7.com.tw/.
Taiwan’s most respected investigative newsweekly (Chinese only.)
Global Voices Online http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices/.
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.
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 http://newton.uor.edu/Departments&Programs/AsianStudiesDept/china-blogs.html
Virtual China http://www.virtual-china.org/,
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) http://www.bullog.cn/
is a Chinese-language aggregator site run by blogger Luo Yonghao,
collecting the content of the more progressive blogs in China.
The China Beat http://thechinabeat.blogspot.com/
Analysis of media coverage of China, and in-depth background on
issues in the news.
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: http://www.chineseradionet.com/
(多維廣播網) and http://www.chinesetvnet.com/
(多維電視網) (Chinese language.) Otherwise, web portals are
the best place to find links.
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
Sina.net, 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: http://www.macalester.edu/library/resources/eastasia/index.htm.
China Books and Periodicals, Inc. www.chinabooks.com.
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 www.cheng-tsui.com.
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. www.nanhai.com.
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.
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.
Dragonsource.com (龍湶國際書網) http://www.dragonsource.com/.
US-based site for Chinese-language books, multimedia and magazine
Facets Multi-Media. http://www.facets.org/asticat.
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,
DVDs/VCDs/videos from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand and elsewhere.