An Exploration of the Image Construction of Meng Wanzhou in News Article: A Critical Discourse Analysis

Image construction; critical discourse analysis; media discourse


  • Yifan Zhang
    Department of Foreign Languages, Sichuan University of Media and Communications, Chengdu, Sichuan, China 611745
May 21, 2023


The present study investigated the image construction of Meng Wanzhou in media discourse. Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) was utilized as the analytical framework of the study, in which text semantics was discussed from the aspects of “association with wealth”, “details provided and details neglected”, and “negative representation”. The findings of this study were in line with Van Dijk (1995) in revealing that underlying ideologies may influence media discourse and cause ideological polarization between the ingroups and the outgroups.