Title

The effects of misleading media reports about COVID-19 on Chinese tourists’ mental health: a perspective article

Document Type

Other

Publication Title

Anatolia

ISSN

13032917

Volume

31

Issue

2

First Page

337

Last Page

340

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

30997

Comments

Zheng, Y., Goh, E., & Wen, J. (2020). The effects of misleading media reports about COVID-19 on Chinese tourists’ mental health: a perspective article. Anatolia, 31(2), 337-340. https://doi.org/10.1080/13032917.2020.1747208

Abstract

© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared apublic health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. This pandemic has since saturated the headlines of major international media channels that disseminate information to global citizens. However, some media coverage of COVID-19 has negatively influenced Chinese travellers’ mental health due to the outbreak having been labelled “Chinese virus pandemonium.” Key world leaders have also parroted such sensationalism; for example, President Donald Trump called COVID-19 the “Chinese virus”. This discriminatory labelling has resulted in violent attacks on Chinese international travellers and students. This perspective article explores how misleading and discriminatory media reports may affect the mental well-being of ethnically Chinese travellers during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

DOI

10.1080/13032917.2020.1747208

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