Confucius institutes and China's national identity

Liu, Guo-qiang 2012, Confucius institutes and China's national identity, in ALAA 2012 : Proceedings of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia 2012 Conference, Curtin University, Perth, W. A., pp. 505-524.

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Title Confucius institutes and China's national identity
Author(s) Liu, Guo-qiang
Conference name Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. Conference ( 2012 : Perth, W.A.)
Conference location Perth, W.A.
Conference dates 12-14 Nov. 2012
Title of proceedings ALAA 2012 : Proceedings of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia 2012 Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Applied Linguistics Association of Australia Conference
Start page 505
End page 524
Total pages 20
Publisher Curtin University
Place of publication Perth, W. A.
Keyword(s) language policy and planning
Confucius Institutes program
rise of China
national identity reconstruction
international relations
national confidence and anxiety
Summary This article examines China’s Confucius Institute program, a significant language policy and planning initiative. I adopt a political perspective in looking into the birth of this language policy initiative, focusing on its role in reconstructing China’s national identity in the context of its rise and its international relations. I explore the background against which the Confucius Institute initiative was formed, and analyse how the Confucius Institute initiative was received in the West and how China responded to it. I argue that China is undergoing a reconstruction of its national identity and the Confucius Institute initiative is a major part of this effort. I suggest that such a reconstruction of national identity is an interactive process with an outcome resulting from China’s negotiation with the international community, involving China stating a new position, listening to international responses, clarifying and elaborating upon its position until its new position is accepted by the international community.
Notes About the conference : http://www.promaco.com.au/events/ALAA2012/program.html
ISBN 9780987415820
Language eng
Field of Research 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053518

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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