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If you want to know about the bishop and the actress
If you want to know how to be a star
If you want to know about the stains on the mattress
You can read it in the sunday papers, sunday papers
- Joe Jackson, “Sunday Papers”

These gents are enjoying the ceremonial weekly perusal of the Sunday newspapers at one of the local Chinese malls. I just happened to glance sideways and catch the row of them, lined up so nicely.

Looking at them, I couldn’t help wondering exactly what they were reading. I’m an international news junkie, not just in the sense of wanting news about different countries, but of wanting to get it from different sources around the world in order to get different viewpoints. I find British news reporting very different from American journalism, for instance. Japan’s news organizations have a different set of priorities than the French ones do. Sometimes it's a matter of emphasis; sometimes the very "facts" of a situation are entirely different.

With news relating to China – whether it’s the People’s Republic, Hong Kong, or Taiwan – this is especially important since the politics involved seem to affect everyone’s viewpoint at one time or another. The best you can do (at least as far as I’ve been able to figure out) is to keep an open mind, read a lot of different publications from different sources, question everything, assume nothing, and sort through the reports as best you can.

I read news from a lot of different countries, but with regard to China, here are a few English language sources. They’re in no particular order and I don’t endorse any of them as being better than any others – I just thought they’d be convenient for anyone who’s interested.

Beijing Scene
Asia Times
Taipei Times
China.org
China Now
Shanghai Star
People’s Daily
Hong Kong Herald
Yahoo News re China
Yahoo News re Taiwan

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