t is estimated that nearly 360,000 people speaking Chinese language, or 4.5 percent of New York City's 8 million people. Because of large Chinese concentration, New York is the only city in which four Chinese newspapers are published daily: The China Press, Ming Pao Daily News, Sing Tao Daily, and The World Journal,
The China Press is considered pro-Beijing newspaper. The day Madam Chiang Kai-shek died, other Chinese newspapers front pages are full of her stories, but The China Press placed the story about Madame Chiang on page 16.
Ming Pao Daily News, a Hong Kong based, is a new comer. It has a circulation of 20,000.
Sing Tao Daily, a Hong Kong based newspaper, has a circulation of 50,000 in New York. Rick Ho, its deputy general manger, said Sing Tao Daily outnumbered The World Journal in circulation in Chinatown and Brooklyn.
The World Journal began publication in the United States in 1976. The newspaper, a division of 50-year old United Daily News in Taipei, is the largest with a circulation of over 360,000 nationally. It employs 25 reporters and 12 translators in the New York area. Ms. Tina Lee, 31, granddaughter of T. W. Wang, the founder of the United Daily News, with a law degree from Stanford University, is its assistant president. She considered the newspaper as The New York Times for Chinese readers.
All Chinese newspapers carry news which interest Chinese. When Madame Chiang Kai-shek died on October 23, three Chinese dailies carried the news on their front pages before The New York Times. Ming Pao Daily News claims that it first reached readers during the blackout in August.
All newspapers face tight budget. Each reporter has a quota of producing 2,000 words in two to three stories daily. In addition to stories, Ming Pao Daily News requires its reporter to shoot three usable photos.
The competition among Chinese newspapers is even tougher, if The Oriental Daily News from Hong Kong comes to New York City as the fifth daily newspapers. (Source: Joseph Berger, The New York Times, Nov. 11, 2003).