Did you ever think you would see the day your college kid would go to a class that teaches them communism is OK, and is an acceptable way of living? Well, welcome to the new generation of college courses.
Last year, Australian universities found themselves locked in a battle over academic freedom against the political beliefs of their Chinese students. The Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to infiltrate campus grounds aren’t unique to Australia but have grown worldwide.
About 100 U.S. college campuses, including George Washington University, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and soon the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, have added college courses linked to teaching communist values and other Chinese propaganda. With over $10 billion of Beijing’s government-funded dollars pumped into the under-handed and slow domination, it has assisted in opening many branches of the Confucius Institute within American universities. This “educational institute” teaches the Chinese language, culture, and history, claims to “help students be better equipped to succeed in an increasingly globalized world,” says Nancy Gutierrez, UNC Charlotte’s dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and “broaden the University’s outreach and support for language instruction and cultural opportunities in the Charlotte community,” according to a press release.
However, Confucius Institute’s self-admitted goal is to “coordinate the efforts of overseas and domestic propaganda to create a more favorable international environment for us.”
Confucius Institutes teach a particular, Beijing-approved type of Chinese culture and history. The teachings ignore concerns over human rights, and that Taiwan and Tibet indisputably belong to Mainland China. In 2009, it was mentioned that Confucius Institutes are an “important part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up.”
With many college campuses welcoming the communist-backed Confucius Institute with open arms, it shows a disturbing trend that America’s higher education institutes will accept money regardless of American principles, that is, if the money is enticing enough.
However, one U.S. University has taken a stand, alongside the support of Senator Ted Cruz. After careful investigation, the University of Texas at Austin will not accept funding from a Hong Kong-based foundation after concerns were raised about the foundation’s links to the Chinese Communist Party and its alleged foreign influence activities.
Thank you, Texas!
Even though there is pushback by University and U.S. political leaders, the Chinese propaganda institutions are still growing, just not quite as fast as it was several years ago. Several opened on American campuses in 2017, and many schools already teaching the courses don’t blink an eye when asked if they would reconsider. Several universities are actually expanding their footprints with bigger facilities and new classes.