Cultural diplomacy with Chinese characteristics : the case of Confucius Institutes in Australia

Hartig, Falk (2012) Cultural diplomacy with Chinese characteristics : the case of Confucius Institutes in Australia. Communication, Politics & Culture, 42(Part 2), pp. 256-276.

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Since 2004,China has set up more than 400 Confucius Institutes and 500 Confucius Classrooms in 108 countries to promote Chinese language and culture. Despite these impressive numbers, these institutions are still surprisingly under-studied. This article uses Confucius Institutes in Australia as a case study to deepen the understanding of China’s new cultural diplomacy tool. The article describes Confucius Institutes as a form of strategic stakeholder engagement and argues that this collaborative tool of cultural diplomacy depends heavily on the commitment of its local stakeholders.

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ID Code: 57393
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Confucius Institute, cultural diplomacy, public diplomacy, soft power, propaganda
ISSN: 1836-0645
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Falk Hartig
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Deposited On: 19 Feb 2013 22:35
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:32

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