Lily Thompson performs a Celebration Ribbons dance during a Lunar New Year celebration at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook on Satur
Lily Thompson performs a Celebration Ribbons dance during a Lunar New Year celebration at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Students from the CAFAM Chinese School performed traditional dances at the celebration that was sponsored by the Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine and the Confucius Institute at the University of Southern Maine.
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The Senate on Friday approved by unanimous consent a bill that would increase oversight on Chinese-funded cultural centers, or Confucius Institutes, on university campuses.
According to Human Rights Watch, Confucius Institutes “are Chinese government-funded outposts that offer Chinese language and culture classes.” However, some politicians have accused them of spreading propaganda.
Sens. Marco Rubio and Marsha Blackburn last year introduced a bill to increase transparency around the centers. “For far too long, the Communist Chinese government has attempted to infiltrate American universities through the disguise of the government-run Confucius Institute,” Rubio…