Mrz 19th, 2018 by Gao

Rachelle Peterson: Outsourced to China:

Confucius Institutes and Soft Power in American Higher Education (National Association of Scholars, April 2018)
Since 2004, the Chinese government has planted Confucius Institutes that offer Chinese language and culture courses at colleges and universities around the world—including more than 100 in the United States.These Institutes avoid Chinese political history and human rights abuses, portray Taiwan and Tibet as undisputed territories of China, and educate a generation of American students to know nothing more of China than the regime’s official history. This is a study of the 12 Confucius Institutes in New York and New Jersey. It examines China’s soft power influence through American higher education, and reveals new data on China’s funding, hiring, and academic freedom policies.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian: House Proposal Targets Confucius Institutes as Foreign Agents (Foreign Policy, 14. März 2018)

A new draft proposal in the House of Representatives seeks to require China’s cultural outposts in the United States, the Confucius Institutes, to register as foreign agents.
The effort, spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), targets any foreign funding at U.S. universities that aims to promote the agenda of a foreign government.
The draft bill does not single out Confucius Institutes by name, but according to Wilson it will apply to the Chinese government-run programs, which offer language and culture classes on more than 100 American college and university campuses. The institutes have come under increasing scrutiny in recent months due to their sometimes heavy-handed attempts to censor discussion of topics that the Chinese Communist Party deems off-limits, leading to growing concerns about academic freedom.

Konfuzius-Institut Stockholm
Jan 2nd, 2015 by Gao

Ingvar Oja: Konfucius falska leende (Svenska Dagbladet)

Vid årsskiftet löper avtalet om Konfuciusinstitutet på Stockholms universitet ut. Kinakännaren Ingvar Oja ifrågasätter om enpartistaten ska få använda svenska universitet som arena för okritisk kinesisk kulturspridning.

Eine lakonische Notiz der Uni Stockholm über die Schließung ihres Konfuzius-Institutes:
Linnea Bergnehr: Beslut taget om avveckling av institut (Stockholms universitet)

Stockholms Konfuciusinstiut, som inrättades 2005 vid institutionen för orientaliska språk, ska enligt rektorsbeslut avvecklas. Confucius Institute Headquarters of China har underrättats. Konfuciusinstitutet kommer att upphöra som egen organisatorisk enhet 2015-06-30.

Weitere Medienberichte:
Anna Ångström: Konfuciusinstitutet läggs ned (Svenska Dagbladet)

Det kontroversiella Konfuciusinstitutet vid Stockholms universitet läggs ned. Avtalet mellan institutet och universitetet som tecknades 2005 skulle ändå ha löpt ut vid årsskiftet. Institutet drivs med pengar från den kinesiska staten för att sprida kunskap i kinesiska och öka förståelsen för Kinas kultur. …
Till DN säger universitetets rektor Astrid Söderbergh Widding:
– Situationen är annorlunda nu mot för tio år sedan. Då var institutet en öppning för kontakter med Kina som var viktig för oss. I dag har vi ett helt annat akademiskt utbyte med Kina och då känns det mindre angeläget att fortsätta det här samarbetet. Generellt är det tveksamt att ha institut som är finansierade av en annan stat inom ramen för ett universitet.

Mikael Delin: Kontroversiellt institut läggs ned (Dagens Nyheter)

Det kontroversiella Konfuciusinstitutet vid Stockholms universitet läggs ned. Institutet har tidigare kritiserats för sina kopplingar till den kinesiska staten. ”Det är naturligtvis en faktor som jag har vägt in”, säger rektor Astrid Söderbergh Widding till DN. …
Det finns fortfarande Konfuciusinstitut i Luleå, Karlstad och Karlskrona.

Göran Leijonhufvud: Grundkurs i kinesiska? (Helsingborgs Dagblad)

Det var på tiden. Det omstridda Konfuciusinstitutet vid Stockholms universitet läggs ned efter tio år. Kopplingarna till den kinesiska staten anses nu olämpliga, enligt universitets rektor Astrid Söderbergh Widding.

Die BBC veröffentlichte ein bemerkenswertes Interview mit Xǔ Lín 许琳:
John Sudworth: Confucius institute: The hard side of China’s soft power (BBC)

Xu Lin is an unusual kind of Chinese official.
For starters she accepted a request for a BBC interview. Admittedly she came quickly to regret it, demanding that we delete a large section of our recording.

Einige Medien zitierten das Interview ausführlich, jedoch weder das Wall Street Journal noch der Australian hatten von der Schließung des Instites in Stockholm gehört:
Madam Xu’s Party Line (Wall Street Journal)

Critics have argued that China’s Confucius Institutes pose a threat to academic freedom in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond. Now the Beijing official in charge has confirmed it.

Rowan Callick: Confucius says to scholars: don’t bag China in my institutes (Australian)

Konfuzius-Institut an der Universität Chicago
Sep 29th, 2014 by Gao

Magnus Fiskesjö: Confucius about-face: „Chicago to Close Confucius Institute“ (H-Asia)
 on the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago (UChicagoNews)

The University of Chicago has informed Madame Xu Lin, director-general of Hanban and chief executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, of the University’s decision to suspend negotiations for the renewal of the agreement for a second term of the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago (CIUC).

Elizabeth Redden: Chicago to Close Confucius Institute (Inside Higher Ed)

The decision follows a petition, signed by more than 100 faculty members this spring, calling for the closure of the institute.

Elizabeth Redden: Rejecting Confucius Funding (Inside Higher Ed)
Te-Ping Chen, Fanfan Wang: Thanks, But No Thanks, University of Chicago Tells Confucius Institute (Wall Street Journal)

[I]n a report published on September 19 by the state-backed Jiefang Daily, Ms. Xu [the director-general of the Hànbàn] appeared to have revealed details about her conversations with university administrators. After the professors protested the university’s relationship with the Confucius Institute in April, the paper said that Ms. Xu wrote a letter to the college president containing one sentence: “If your school has made the decision it wants to pull out, then I agree.” She said the same thing in a phone call to the university’s representative in Beijing, the report said.



About-face (Economist)
Confucius says (Economist)
Didi Kirsten Tatlow: University of Chicago’s Relations With Confucius Institute Sour (New York Times)

Cynthia Ning: Reflections on the first decade of the Confucius Institute Program (People’s Daily)

Of course there have been many challenges that come along with the boon of the CI. Many CI directors groan in frustration as the latest „anti-Confucius Institute“ volley is levied against us, generally in the media. Most U.S. directors of CIs are academics with decades of experience, and none of us takes „academic freedom“ lightly. Therefore, my answer to the often-asked question „Does Confucius Institute funding threaten academic freedom at U.S. universities?“ is a categorical “No; if Confucius Institute (or any other external) funding were to seriously threaten academic freedom, we would cease to accept that funding.”

Zhang Jianfeng: Rejecting Confucius Institutes not helpful to understand China (Xinhua/CCTV)

Recently, the University of Chicago announced it had suspended negotiations to renew its agreement to host a Confucius Institute, meaning Chinese language study in the university would cease soon. [sic!]
Though the university did not detail the reasons behind the suspension, many believed it was linked to the American Association of University Professors boycott of CI.
By shutting the door of a Confucius Institute, the University of Chicago not only denied students an opportunity to learn Chinese and Chinese culture, but also a channel to reduce misunderstandings.

EACS und Hànbàn
Aug 12th, 2014 by Gao

Roger Greatrex: The Deletion of Pages from EACS Conference materials in Braga (EACS)
Elizabeth Redden: Censorship at China Studies Meeting (Inside Higher Ed)

Amid increasing concerns that Western universities may stand to compromise their academic integrity in collaborating with the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes, the reported censorship of conference materials at the recent European Association for Chinese Studies conference in Portugal has raised alarm.
According to a detailed account posted on the EACS website, conference materials were seized and several pages removed from the conference program – including an advertisement for the Taiwan-based Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, a conference cosponsor — after the chief executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Xu Lin, objected to the contents.

Shih Hsiu-chuan: Foundation angry over EACS brochures (Taipei Times)
Zhu Zhiqun: The Undoing of China’s Soft Power (Diplomat)

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