Soft Power and the Worldwide Promotion of Chinese Language Learning: The Confucius Institute Project

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    Abstract

    ‘The Confucius Institute Project’ - consisting of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms, the posting of Chinese language teachers to overseas schools and universities and the Chinese Bridge language competition - represents an attempt by China to extend its influence globally through the use of soft power. Facilitated by a rapidly increasing demand for Chinese language learning, it has established a presence across the globe and made valuable contributions to the learning and teaching of Chinese. However, this has not necessarily led to an increasingly positive view of China, either at a political or a societal level. Through an analysis of official documents, interviews with those involved, a survey of Chinese-language learners and a study of academic and media sources, the author evaluates the aims of the project, and discusses whether these aims are being met.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBristol
    PublisherMultilingual Matters
    Number of pages130
    ISBN (Electronic)9781783098064
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Publication series

    NameMultilingual Matters
    No.167

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