This paper presents a critical analysis of the transnational interplay of cultural, educational and economic forces that culminated with the establishment of a Chinese language and cultural centre in Peru, the Confucius Institute. Confucius Institutes are government-sponsored cultural centres devoted mainly to Chinese language education around the world. They have been referred to as examples of China’s soft power and subjected to criticisms. With a substantive theory of power as the departure point, this article analyses the power relations surrounding the case of Confucius Institutes in Latin America. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
CitationPark, J. (2013). Cultural artifact, ideology export or soft power? Confucius Institute in Peru. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 23(1), 1-16.
- Power relation
- Soft power
- Confucius Institutes
- Latin America