SF State Shutters Popular Chinese Cultural Program Under Pressure from Feds

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Charles Egan, a professor of Chinese and director of the government’s Flagship Program at San Francisco State, said it was “truly a shame that the law did not allow” the programs to coexist.

“It is undeniable that they are an instrument of Chinese ‘soft power,’” he said of the Confucius Institutes. “That is potentially a concern, yet neither I nor any of my colleagues in the Chinese program here ever noted even a trace of the actions and behaviors” ascribed to them.

Instead, he said, the institute “did fine work, had a positive impact, and will be missed.”