Within and without bounds: Media and the journalist in the fiction of Chinese writer Sun Haoyuan
Within and without bounds: Media and the journalist in the fiction of Chinese writer Sun Haoyuan, by Chen Chengnan, M.A., UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 2012, 57 pages; 1513758.
Abstract: This paper examines the image of the journalist in a series of novels by the Chinese journalist-turned-novelist Sun Haoyuan. The author uses journalistic characters as vehicles to critique the practice of journalism in China in four novels: Mafia Game: The Live Broadcast (2009); Mafia Game: Media Violence (2010); Mafia Game: The Hypodermic - Syringe Theory (2010); and Hush Money (2011). In these novels, Sun Haoyuan critiques the function of journalism in society, the responsibility of the journalist in Chinese society, and the misuse of power by journalists and editors alike. After reviewing the social and political factors that influence China's journalism and media industry, the study presents the portrait of the fictional male journalist, female journalist and investigative journalist image through an analysis of the protagonist's life and struggle in the profession. Sun Haoyuan's observation is critical to an understanding of journalism in China, and his fictional journalists reflect and help shape the public's image of journalism as a profession.
attached to: Sun Haoyuan