The Debate Over Confucius Institutes

China is funding the study of Chinese language, history and literature at 90 American universities. These centers are called Confucius Institutes and several California schools have them, including UCLA and Stanford. But a recent hearing in Congress has raised questions about whether these institutes are having a bad influence on students and limiting academic freedom. We examine the controversy.



  • Perry Link - Former professor of Chinese language and literature at Princeton. He now teaches at U.C. Riverside
  • Randy Kluver - Executive director of Global Partnerships at Texas A&M. - @rkluver