Confucius Institute U.S. Center Open Letter to Editors Nationwide:
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2020
Before you Publish Another CI Story, Read the GAO Report
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Dear Editors,
Confucius Institute programs are often in the news, as people frustrated with the policies of a country on the other side of the world aim their frustrations locally, at language and cultural exchange programs run by U.S. educational establishments. Negative coverage of CI programs almost universally includes sweeping statements and broad conclusions about foreign policy leading to attacks on CI programs as the convenient scapegoat. Recently, a student-led effort from a group called the Athenai Institute pledged to make sure their fellow students would no longer have access to CI classes.
Usually complaints are reported without any attempt at balance or to learn more about the actual content and perspectives of CI programs or any discussion as to why, in this global economy, speaking Chinese or being familiar with Chinese culture could benefit students.
The attacks on the programs are embarrassing and frustrating for participants who know that these programs are locally run by personnel hired by U.S. schools who also decide the curriculum. But don't take our word for it.
In a sleeper report that detailed the CI program's independence, a nonpartisan GAO (Governmental Accountability Office) report issued in February 2019 examined Confucius Institute agreements and operations after more than a year of study, submitting their findings to the U.S. House and Senate for consideration. In 50-plus pages of facts, the details surrounding CI programs are often the exact opposite of what is reported.
Going forward, we hope journalists will check out the report and cover the perspective of students who value their CI programs for the global opportunities they provide.
External Communications Associate
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
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