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Photoes of Confucius Institues in US. Source: Agencies
American accreditation. The directive also says that some academics at these institutes who are holding J-1 visas will not get their visas extended, which means they will have to leave the US. If the directive comes into force, Confucius Institutes and Schools in the US will face a lot of trouble. The US obviously wants this.
Confucius Institutes have expanded their global presence in recent years. There are now 691 Confucius Institutes and Schools, 69 of which are in the US. Their rapid development can be partly attributed to China’s active promotion, but the decisive factor is the great demand for learning Chinese.
After Spanish, which was brought by Latino immigrants, Chinese has become the first foreign language taught in the US. The arrival of Confucius Institutes and Americans’ eagerness to learn Chinese are a perfect match. The Confucius Institutes in the US are established in accordance with the requirements of American universities and colleges. The Chinese-teaching volunteers are actually invited by US academies.
US academies will bear the loss if Chinese teachers and volunteers leave the US. What China loses is a chance to promote its culture. Compared with the US’ need for Chinese-training talents to better communicate with China, China’s demand is not so urgent.
The issue shows that the US’ cultural confidence is not as strong as we thought. The promotion of Chinese language and culture by Confucius Institutes makes some Americans uneasy. Only culturally weak countries have such sensitivity.
Chinese language is difficult to learn. Confucius Institutes set up a model where China and foreign countries cooperate to teach Chinese, which has sped up the promotion of Chinese teaching worldwide.
Some countries can resist Confucius Institutes, but they can’t hold back people’s interests to learn Chinese as long as China stays on its track of development. Confucius Institutes can hold a cooperative attitude, but do not need to beg any governments.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was discussing the matter with the US. Presidents from many universities in the US have publicly objected to the government’s decision. China doesn’t need to feel as anxious as the US. Confucius Institutes should continue to develop globally. They have become the major promoter of Chinese culture. They can slow their pace of development in countries that make trouble for them.
When a country’s economy develops, it will care about respect from other countries. The Chinese are clear that the establishment of a country’s soft power is difficult.
The development of Confucius Institutes shows a mixed relationship between China and other countries during China’s rise. Their evaluation is bound to be varied, but the most objective one is the demand of them in the world.

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The world is getting smaller and smaller now, most of China's culture will be international, only the question of the length of time.

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After the condemnation and demonization of Confucianism in China during the 60's , it's so ironic to see the current leaders promote its revival.

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{laughing} Was wondering when the Teacher's Union was going to get after that bunch for their accreditation.  Much like any other outfit that comes over to the States, if the degrees are not recognized by U.S. Universities, then that person will have to start at 'ground zero'.

Then again, given what I have seen in the Engineering fields and the influx if H1-B's from India - which bypass most, if not all, U.S. labor rules - the CCP simply needs to reclassify the visas, by way of stating that there are 'not enough "qualified" Americans' that can do the job as outlined by this corporation... er, 'education service'.
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This post was edited by MisterPanda at 2012-5-26 17:56
After Spanish, which was brought by Latino immigrants, Chinese has become the first foreign language taught in the US

Little mistake here...

Mandarin is the foreign language with the fastest growth in demand but the most taught foreign languages in the USA are, in order, Spanish, French, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language, Italian, and Japanese.

As for this issue well, it's a non issue. If one doesn't have the proper diploma, one shouldn't be allowed to teach, that's all. It's not because in China an english country passport is considered as a credential to teach English that it is the same in foreign countries...

I find it funny that when Beijing issues a 100 days campaign to track down and deport illegal aliens working in China it is a good thing but when the US do the same it becomes a bad thing...
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Post time 2012-5-27 09:10:57 |Display all floors
us is anti china period. when us try to make laws to get rid of immigrants who actually contribute a lot to america's economy, everybody was support of it. when china tries to deport some illegals making troubles in china, everyone in the west goes berserk. u get tired of this double standard.

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