ROBERT KAPP, JEFFREY WASSERSTROM, PERRY LINK, WINSTON LORD, JEROME A. COHEN, ISABEL HILTON, JONATHAN MIRSKY, STEVEN I. LEVINE, DAVID WERTIME, MATTEO MECACCI, DAVID SCHLESINGER
China File - 06.23.14
Dressed in ancient costume, people kneel in front of a statue of Confucius during a ceremony to mark his birthday in Changchun, Jilin province. Last week, the American Association of University Professors joined a growing chorus of voices calling on North American universities to rethink their relationship with Confucius Institutes, the state-sponsored Chinese-language programs whose policies critics say are anathema to academic freedom. We asked contributors to discuss the debate. Specifically: the costs and benefits of having a Confucius Institute on a university campus; the economic forces at play; and the role of China in university life more broadly. —The Editors
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