Truth or Falsity: How Do Ignorance and Mass Media Forge the Image of India in the Eyes of Chinese Students in Australia

Mr Yuhang Yu1

1Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

China and India are the two most populous countries in the present world and neighbours who are always regarded as two “rising powers”, however, they are rather different in light of the political system, culture and tradition. Due to these differences, the Sino-Indian border disputes, and the historical factors, the relation between China and India is not close, even sometimes is tense. According to the questionnaire and interviews, this essay elaborates what Indian images in the eyes of the Chinese students in Australia. Furthermore, based on the result of polit study, it demonstrates how China’s lack of engagement with India causes ignorance of China’s young people, and clarifies what the role of mass media is in this process. This paper argues that Chinese students in Australia have developed stereotypes towards India, due to their ignorance, meanwhile, the mass media plays the most essential role to depict Indian images and forge these stereotypes.


Mr Yuhang Yu is a ANU postgraduate student who’s research interests include Indian society and culture; Chinese propaganda and Mass Media History; China-India relations.


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