Chinese Elements Becoming More Common in Western Media

November 30, 2017
Editor: Yang Yang
More and more Chinese elements have recently been seen in Western mainstream media, attracting great attention from citizens across the world. [CCTV]

 

More and more Chinese elements have recently been seen in Western mainstream media, attracting great attention from citizens across the world. 

Der Spiegel, a German magazine, notably used the Chinese pinyin of the phrase "Xinɡ lai!" (wake up!) on the cover of its November 11 issue, referring to a story with the headline "The Awakened Giant".

The article introduces China's development in politics, economy, science, technology and sports, saying "The rise of China is changing the world".

Coincidentally, U.S. weekly magazine, TIME, chose Chinese characters to feature on the cover of its November 13 issue. It was the first time that the magazine has used a bilingual cover headline.

Given the rapid changes taking place in China, more Chinese elements are appearing in Western mainstream magazines, especially since the country's accession to the World Trade Organization. 

In TIME's issue published back in 1972, the magazine used an image of then-President Richard Nixon along with Chinese leaders on its cover, linking them together with a giant Chinese character 友(you), which means "friends" in English.

Later, a series of Chinese celebrities appeared on the cover of the magazine, most of which featured red and yellow, mirroring the color of the Chinese national flag.

The UK-based Economist magazine has run a column about China since January 2012. 

More foreigners have joined the ranks of learning Mandarin. Among which, U.S. President Donald Trump's granddaughter Arabella Kushner is the best-known representative. 

The six-year-old can recite the Chinese ancient poems of Li Bai, and sing Chinese songs, winning many Chinese netizens' hearts.

Arabella is not the first foreign kid to be famous for her proficiency in Chinese. Learning Chinese has already become a trend in royal families such as in the UK, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand. 

In addition, many foreign celebrities' children have begun to learn Chinese, too.

(Source: CCTV.com / Translated and edited by Gender Study Network)

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