Confucius institutes to further promote Chinese language, culture in U.S.: educators

15:54, October 24, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Confucius institutes in the United States will spearhead efforts to promote Chinese language and culture, said an educator from of one of the institutes.

These institutes will create more learning opportunities by offering Chinese-language classes in U.S. communities as well as primary and high schools, Liu Jiangang, associate director of the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, told the 2010 Confucius Institute Directors Forum held at his university in northwest Indiana on Saturday.

The institutes also plan to host music festivals to boost the image of Chinese art and culture, Liu said.

"There are more than 66 Confucius institutes in the United States and we will establish more in the future, with their quality steadily improved," Liu told Xinhua after the meeting.

"As China's economy has been growing fast in recent years, more and more Americans get interested in China and some even seek better career prospects in China," said Liu.

He was echoed by Yang Yiping, associate director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, who told the forum U.S. companies also need employees with skills and knowledge of the the global markets, particularly in China and East Asia.

Yang said Confucius institutes in the United States have in the past two years offered opportunities to nearly 100 American students to visit China to gain first-hand experience.

One of them is a graduate of the Confucius institute, who worked as a volunteer at the Shanghai World Expo from April to September, Yang said.

Confucius institutes are non-profit public organizations committed to promoting understanding of the Chinese language and culture worldwide.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:叶欣)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion