国外媒体中国第一夫人报道的符号学解读The Semiologic Interpretation of Foreign Media s Reports about Chinas First Lady毕业论文
“First lady” has already become a symbol for international cultural exchange，information transmission and emotional expression. The debut of Chinese first lady—Peng Liyuan attracts attention and reports from many media, all of which give her a high remark. And to some certain extent, she has become a new Chinese symbol. Media in China and abroad focus more on her diplomatic influence and fashionable influence. However, as an international symbol, Chinese first lady is also charactered by her female symbolic meaning. Therefore, it’s necessary to make an analysis of her female fascination. With the help of semiotic theory, the paper, researching 10 foreign reports from the main west English media about Chinese first lady, is expected to discuss the symbol of Chinese women that Peng Liyuan represents.
The whole paper consists of five chapters. The first chapter mainly introduces the research background, research purpose and research significance. Chapter two deeply discusses the semiotic theory and the symbol about Chinese females. Chapter three stresses more on the comparison of Chinese and American symbol. Chapter four primarily explains the Chinese female fascination that Peng Liyuan represents as a wife, singer and cultural disseminator. The last chapter is a conclusion summarizing all the researches and findings above.
Key words: Chinese first lady；female fascination；semiotics
1. Introduction 1
1.1 Research Background 1
1.2 Research Purpose 2
1.3 Research Significance 3
2. Semiotics and Symbols of Chinese Females 4
2.1 Semiotic Background 4
2.2 Symbols of Chinese Females 5
3. Comparison of Foreign and Chinese First Lady 7
3.1 The Symbol of clothes 7
3.2 The Symbol of Scenes 8
3.3 The Symbol of Action 9
4. Composition of the Symbol——Peng Liyuan in Semiotics 10
4.1 A Powerful Spokesperson 10
4.2 A Loving, Caring and Responsible Woman 11
4.3 A Patriot and Cultural Disseminator 12
5. Conclusion 13
Semiotic Interpretation of Foreign Reports about China’s First Lady
- Research background
Since Peng Liyuan, as the Chinese first lady, made her diplomatic debut in March, 2013 in her first overseas state visit with President Xi, the previously secretive role—Chinese first lady began to attract worldwide attention with overwhelming compliments. And it is worth mentioning that nearly no previous Chinese first ladies had gained so much tremendous momentum from the world before. Undoubtedly, Chinese first lady has already become a new symbol for china.
In the eyes of Chinese people and netizens, they enthused about their newly first lady for they have always looked forward to having an elegant first lady who could hold a candle to Michelle Obama and be presentable to the outside world. For English media, her influence in diplomacy and fashion were rather favored. After Chinese first lady’ debut, German media—Die Welt, publishing Peng Liyuan’s pictures of her first accompanying state visit in the front-page headlines, reported that when Peng Liyuan took that bunch of flowers form Vladimir Putin, it bespoke that she was the best soft power of China at present. To be sure, almost every mainstream western media reported this news about the charm offensive of the newly Chinese first lady in the headlines.