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|Political alignment||originally pro-Taiwan; now neutral|
|Headquarters||Whitestone, Queens, New York City, USA|
|Official website||World Journal — official web site (in Chinese)|
World Journal (Chinese: 世界日報; pinyin: Shìjiè Rìbào, formerly known as Chinese Daily News in Los Angeles) is a daily Chinese-language newspaper serving overseas Chinese in North America and the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the United States, with a daily circulation of 350,000. The newspaper is headquartered in the Whitestone neighborhood of the borough of Queens in New York City.
The World Journal is published in major cities containing large Chinese-speaking populations including New York City as well as Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the United States, and Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. The publication is widely sold in many Chinatowns in these cities and other major Chinese suburbs. Subscription by mail is also available throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The newspaper began on February 12, 1976. Originally its headquarters were in Chinatown, Manhattan in New York City. The headquarters relocated to nearby Whitestone, Queens in 1980, where it has since remained.
The World Journal has the largest circulation among a Chinese American and Chinese Canadian readership. The publication is owned by the same media conglomerate that runs the United Daily News in Taiwan and carries a significant Taiwanese American administrative presence. Until the mid-1990s, it was viewed as very hostile to the People's Republic of China, in part because the paper referred to people from mainland China as "Communist Chinese." Furthermore, its coverage on mainland China usually comprised only one article or so each day out of dozens of pages and sections.
However, the newspaper has changed substantially since it began increasing its coverage of mainland China. Following the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989, such coverage increased to two pages per day. A rapid shift to neutralism also occurred in the early 1990s as part of an attempt to expand its readership to recently arrived Chinese immigrants, including those who left the mainland after the expansion of access to green cards following the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989. The other reason for the rapid shift was rooted in the newspaper's sympathy to the Chinese democracy movement. The shift was further strengthened during mid-1990s in part due to the new wave of mainland Chinese immigrants to North America and in part due to political developments in Taiwan, where multi-party elections have been allowed.
Like its parent the United Daily News, the World Journal is widely seen as taking an editorial line that favors the pan-Blue coalition and the Kuomintang. It also opposes the Taiwanese independence ideology of the pan-Green coalition. Consequently, this editorial position has made it much less hostile toward the People's Republic since the 1990s. Immediately after the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989, the newspaper no longer referred indiscriminately to all mainland Chinese as "Communist Chinese," and additionally praised pro-democracy efforts on the mainland. During the mid-1990s, it began to give credit to the positive progress made in mainland China, and by the late-1990s, it began to criticize wrongdoings within the Chinese democracy movement and in the West in the same manner with which it criticizes corruption within the Chinese communist regime. After 2000, there has also been a marked increase in the representation of mainland Chinese immigrants on the newspaper's reporting staff. The anti-Taiwan independence editorial positions that the paper has taken have also made it popular among mainland Chinese immigrants to the United States.
The newspaper has diversified in content and covers world business and politics, including proceedings at the United Nations Headquarters, as well as entertainment and human interest stories.
Labor law violation
On January 10, 2007, a Southern California jury found the Monterey Park-based Chinese Daily News responsible for failing to give employees breaks, lunches, and overtime, and awarded the plaintiffs $2.5 million. The plaintiffs alleged that they worked over twelve hours per day, were not provided accurate pay statements, and were unfairly interfered with during unionization attempts. In 2001, the employees voted to join the Communication Workers of America, but the National Labor Relations Board vacated the union vote after finding that the election was tainted.
- "Contact Us (Page in Chinese) World Journal. Retrieved on November 19, 2011. "New York Headquarters 141-07 20th Ave. Whitestone, NY 11357"
- Machleder, Elaine. "New World, New Look / Chinese-language daily gets a makeover." Newsday. March 30, 1998. A25 News. Retrieved on November 19, 2011. "Its headquarters and printing facilities have been in Whitestone since 1980[...]"
- World Journal - About Us
- "Chinese Daily News could be out even more money after jury awards workers $2.5 million". Pasadena Weekly. 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2012-05-16.