Canada: Confucius Institute now open

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon May 5 20:48:36 UTC 2008

 Forwarded From: edling at

Edmonton Sun

Confucius Institute now open

China's rising tide of global influence has reached Edmonton Public Schools.
Canada's first K-12 Confucius Institute opened in Edmonton Sunday and
promises to bolster the already remarkable Chinese language learning
programs at public schools, said board chair Bev Esslinger. Confucius
Institutes exist in dozens of countries and are traditionally associated
with post-secondary institutions. The non-profits institutes - whose
headquarters lie in Bejiing - follow the guidance of cultural officials in
China to help shape Chinese foreign language programs in other countries.

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Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at

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