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UMASS – In the Name of Confucius Film Screening + Q&A
February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This compelling films tells the story of the Chinese government’s Confucius Institute program and the unprecedented outcry against Canada’s largest school board, the Toronto District School Board, over its plan to open the world’s largest Confucius Institute. It also features former CI teacher, Sonia Zhao, who successfully filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario which led to the first closure of a CI in North America.
“The Confucius Institute is an appealing brand for expanding our culture abroad. It has made an important contribution toward improving our soft power. The ‘Confucius’ brand has a natural attractiveness. Using the excuse of teaching Chinese language, everything looks reasonable and logical.” – Li Changchun, former member of Politburo Standing Committee, Communist Party of China
“Every mainland teacher we send, all of them will say Taiwan belongs to China. We should have one China. No hesitation.” – Xu Lin, Hanban (Confucius Institute) Director General, 12/22/2014 BBC TV interview
“Presenting a China that is happily free of all these forbidden topics is to present a distorted China, and to present the distorted China as the real China does indeed have costs. Students and the general public who don’t know any better are seriously misled.” – Perry Link, China scholar, University of California, Riverside [From Politico: How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms, Jan.16, 2018]
Chinese institute at UMass is accused of promoting censorship
By Laura Krantz, January 16, 2018
How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms: Even as they face criticism, Chinese government-run educational institutes have continued their forward march on college campuses across the United States.
By ETHAN EPSTEIN January 16, 2018
UMass Boston Group Hoping to Shut Down School’s Chinese Institute: Chinese-run Confucius Institute is accused of promoting censorship and undermining human rights
By College Media Network Staff, Jan 16, 2018
Confucius Institute Criticized at UMass Boston
By Scott Jaschik, January 16, 2018
University Institute Accused of Curbing Democracy on Campus
By Maedot Kassa, Jan 18, 2018