February 07, 2007

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Journo cliche alert

As we approach Chinese New Year it is time for Western journalists in China to dust off their cliches. This time of year it's the world's greatest migration, with lots of mentions of several hundred million people moving about, photos of crowded train stations and so on.

We could establish a competition: what is the most common China journo cliche?

posted by Simon on 02.07.07 at 09:13 AM in the China category.


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According to Peter Hessler, it's the article about tea.

I'd say it's the word "teeming."

posted by: Jonathan Dresner on 02.07.07 at 09:21 AM [permalink]

Even more interesting would be to see the evolution of these cliches. For example the old "they drive cars instead of riding bikes" theme has largely fallen by the wayside, and now there's a lot more about Chinese college kids having sex etc.

posted by: Simon on 02.07.07 at 01:16 PM [permalink]

"Southern Chinese boomtown city of Shenzhen..."

"Cooling China's overheating economy..."

Variations on "Mao spinning in his grave/masoleum" regarding changes like more cars, college kids having sex, Prada stores etc.

I'm ashamed to say as a journo here I've used, oh, at least one of these. Yeah. Right. Only one.

posted by: Justin on 02.07.07 at 07:43 PM [permalink]

C'mon guys, how 'bout the big one: "Rising Dragon"

posted by: Sam on 02.07.07 at 10:06 PM [permalink]

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