A Political Approach to China’s Confucius Institute: An observation of its understanding of ethnicity, language and identity

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Kyoungtaek LEE


In this paper, I will examine the ideas of the Chinese government regarding concepts of ethnicity, language and identity. This examination will provide clarity by which to estimate the direction towards which Chinese government policies are committed. Particularly, this research will focus on the language policy pursued by the Chinese government through the Confucius Institute. In this sphere, I will research the activities and specifics of the Chinese government’s language policy conducted both internally and externally in order to understand the whole aspect of its language policy. After analyzing the connection between these activities and the specifics of the Chinese language policy, I will finally extract and summarize the characteristic features of the Confucius Institute as the external language policy instrument of the Chinese government.


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