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There is always a little famine going on - A study of articles in the People's Daily during the Great famine in China


  • Evelina Bengtsson

Summary, in English

This thesis is a study of the articles published in the Chinese newspaper 人民日报 Renmin Ribao, the People’s Daily, during the Great Chinese famine 1959-1961. The famine is considered to be the worst famine in the history of China and an estimated more than 30 million people died of starvation or illnesses brought about by starvation during these years. This thesis will be focusing on the articles published in People’s Daily during the year 1960, and the aim of the thesis is to find out what the newspaper published about the then on-going famine. In order to conduct this research, a list of famine related words and expressions have been selected and then searched for in the newspaper’s own online database. The results found have then been studied in order to determine whether or not they are related to the famine unfolding in China.


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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Languages and Literatures


  • People's Daily
  • the Great Famine in China


  • Michael Schoenhals