About this time 40 years ago, I was in the Philippines, beginning my career as a researcher of mass communication in Asia. In preparation for that trip, I recall, I scoured the many historical, social-economic, political surveys of Asia at Syracuse University, which had an excellent collection of books on Asia. If there was a mention of media in those volumes, and there usually was not, it was only a sentence or two on how a newspaper reported an event. My search of the journalism/mass communication periodicals yielded very little as well. I’m rather sure that had I attended Asian studies or journalism/mass communication conferences in 1964, I would not have been listening to many papers on international communications, let alone, Asian mass communication.
Recommended CitationLent, J. A., We've come a long way, or have we? American research on Asian mass communication, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 15, 2004, 167-172.