Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Friday, February 14, 2014

Confucius Institutes in US universities: two views

Confucius Institutes, which are part of the Chinese government's soft power efforts, have been in the news recently (at least in the academic community) following this blast last fall by the noted University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins. I recommend it.

At the same time, I also recommend this recent and very cogent response by my GWU colleague Ed McCord, which he has kindly consented to have me post here. It's must reading for anyone who wants to have a fully informed view.

[Feb. 16: Replaced earlier version of McCord piece with a later, slightly modified version.]

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I went to a conference at the Annenberg School of Communication at University of Southern California recently. There was a special session on Confuscius Institutes. Very informative and critical.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Mar 11, 2014 11:22:57 AM

Here's a shorter, published version of Prof. McCord's piece in The Diplomat:

Posted by: Don Clarke | Mar 29, 2014 8:57:39 AM

One commentator amusingly said that if the Chinese believe that they can brain-wash the American youngsters, they underestimate the resistance of the American character. Even the American government is totally unable to brain wash any one.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Jul 23, 2014 8:21:23 PM

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