What Is It About Confucius Institutes That Spooks Lawmakers? A Senate Hearing Suggests 3 Factors
By Lily Jackson FEBRUARY 28, 2019 The Chronicle of Higher Education
The future is unclear for more than 100 Confucius Institutes on American campuses after federal lawmakers expressed reservations about the China-funded programs at a hearing on Thursday of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Investigations.
Senators grappled with whether the benefits of the centers, such as fostering cultural awareness and language skills, outweighed the downsides of the programs, including concerns about their finances, the confidential contracts under which their teachers and directors work, and the censorship of equivalent U.S. centers in China.