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Title: 孔子學院在莫斯科:國家形象與在地認知
Confucius Institutes in Moscow: National Image and Local Perception
Authors: 瑪麗婭
Borisova, Maria
Contributors: 楊昊
Yang, Alan Hao
Maria Borisova
Keywords: 孔子學院
Confucius Institute
Sino-Russian relations
soft power
Date: 2015
Issue Date: 2015-07-27 11:36:32 (UTC+8)
Abstract: 孔子學院是中國軟實力政策的展現。它創設的是目的為了向世界推廣中國文化與漢語,增進世界各國對中國的瞭解,目前全球已設有443所孔子學院與648間孔子課堂。
Confucius Institute (CI) is one of China's soft power policy initiatives. It aims to promote Chinese language and culture all over the globe, enhance the world's understanding of China. Today there are already 443 Confucius Institutes and 648 Confucius Classrooms in the world.
Russia is one China’s closest friends and allies, as well as its important political, economic and strategic partner. Due to the continuous development of the bilateral relations, Russian people are more and more interested in Chinese language. To meet their need in studying Mandarin, China is actively promoting the establishment of the Confucius Institute there. Now there are already 18 Confucius Institutes and 5 Confucius Classroom 5 in Russia.
The name of this thesis is: "Confucius Institutes in Moscow: national image and local perception." It aims at understanding what kind of attitude Russians, who teach or study Chinese either at the CI or somewhere else, have towards the Confucius Institute. Besides, it was also important to understand whether Sino-Russian relations play a crucial role in shaping people’s attitude towards the CI.
Throughout the research the author used primary data sources (field work, interviews), as well as secondary data sources. Field research was conducted only in Moscow, the rest of the information about the development of the CIs in Russia is observed through the secondary data sources (reports, newspapers, journals).
Results of the analysis indicate that the majority of Russian people, on the example of Moscow, have favorable attitude towards the Confucius Institute. Although in general there are also those who are skeptical about this initiative in Russia, stating that China is using the CIs as a part of its intelligence network, but the overall impression is positive. The PRC managed to create a favorable image of itself in Russia, and the Confucius Institute is one of the tools it uses in order to reach its aim.
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