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The Confucius Institutes in the real world

Wallace, Rebecca (2016) The Confucius Institutes in the real world. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Since their foundation in 2004, hundreds of Confucius Institutes have been established across the globe. Confucius Institutes, Sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International or Hanban, are non-profit organizations whose stated goal is to act as ambassadors for Chinese language and culture. Most recently, Confucius Institutes have attracted controversy because of their presentation of Chinese history and identity. This project explores how the Confucius Institutes materials and central message are problematic; specifically how the message they promote bolsters China’s territorial claims. Recognizing, however, that the Confucius Institutes are realistically unlikely to leave anytime soon, this project explores the salient differences between Confucius Institutes that mitigate the problematic nature of the Confucius Institute’s materials and those that remain sources of tension.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wallace, Rebeccarew60@pitt.eduREW60
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorLuesink,
Committee MemberWezel,
Committee MemberQian,
Committee MemberDirlik, Arif
Date: 2 May 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 April 2016
Approval Date: 2 May 2016
Submission Date: 29 April 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 63
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Confucius Institutes, nationalism
Date Deposited: 02 May 2016 18:36
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:33


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