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The Confucius institute initiative in reconstruction of China’s national identity

Liu, Guo-qiang 2016, The Confucius institute initiative in reconstruction of China’s national identity, Journal of language and politics, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 778-800.

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Title The Confucius institute initiative in reconstruction of China’s national identity
Author(s) Liu, Guo-qiang
Journal name Journal of language and politics
Volume number 14
Issue number 6
Start page 778
End page 800
Total pages 22
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-03-01
ISSN 1569-2159
1569-9862
Keyword(s) Language policy and planning
China’s Confucius Institutes program
The 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/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 this 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified
160510 Public Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, John Benjamins Publishing Company
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082750

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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