Watching the sun rise: Australian reporting of Japan 1931 to the fall of Singapore

Murray, Jacqueline Burton. (2003). Watching the sun rise: Australian reporting of Japan 1931 to the fall of Singapore PhD Thesis, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Murray, Jacqueline Burton.
Thesis Title Watching the sun rise: Australian reporting of Japan 1931 to the fall of Singapore
School, Centre or Institute School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Prof Alan Rix
Total pages 425
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subjects L
430102 History - Asian
430101 History - Australian
750901 Understanding Australia's past
750902 Understanding the pasts of other societies
Formatted abstract

It has long been claimed that a tradition of fear of Japan dominated Australian thinking about foreign affairs and defence after Japan's defeat of Russia in 1905 until the Pacific War. This study of Australian reporting of Japan challenges that claim by demonstrating how, in the years 1931 to 1942, newspapers, radio and news reels produced a collective national consciousness or awareness of Japan as a nation of little import. The argument for a diminished national consciousness of Japan is sustained by close examination of media practices, personnel, publications and broadcasts to expose misleading representations of Japan which directed Australian attitudes before the Pacific War. The study's objective is to present a new and distinct examination of the flow of information about Japan into Australia. It thus draws on, but makes a very clear distinction between, the arcane world of government correspondence and Cabinet discussion and information available to the Australian people. In so doing the dissertation exposes government censorship of the media, both before and during World War Two; the flow of propaganda emanating from government, Britain and Japan into the Australian media; co-operation between the media, journalists and propaganda agencies; and espionage activity directed at influencing the Australian media.

Keyword Japan -- Press coverage -- Australia
Japan -- Foreign relations -- Australia
Australia -- Foreign relations -- Japan

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