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Canadian University To Close China-linked Confucius Institute

Posted by Author on February 8, 2013


McMaster University has decided to close the Confucius Institute that it has hosted since 2008, the Hamilton, Ontario-based university announced Feb 7.

The decision was made because of the hiring practices of the Beijing-linked Confucius Institute (CI), which recruits its instructors in China. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anger Over Migrant School Closures in Beijing

Posted by Author on August 18, 2011


(RFA)- Authorities in Beijing are questioning a prominent rights lawyer who had been following the plight of thousands of migrant workers and their families after schools providing education for their children were demolished.

“I heard this morning that Xu Zhiyong was taken away for a cup of tea by the national security police at around 10:00 a.m.,” fellow rights lawyer Peng Jian said on Thursday.

The phrase “to drink tea” usually means a questioning or interrogation session with state security police, which can last from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Confucius Institutes break human rights rules

Posted by Author on August 10, 2011


Profs working in Canada “must have no record of Falun Gong”

(Macleans)-A rule imposed by Confucius Institutes — an educational arm of the Chinese government that operates on at least eight Canadian campuses — breaks “all human rights codes in Canada,” human rights lawyer Clive Ansley told The Epoch Times.

The main CI website says that overseas volunteer Chinese teachers must have “no record of participation in Falun Gong,” a spiritual practice with roots in Buddhism and Taoism. China’s government vehemently opposes the practice and has arrested and killed many adherents, according to Amnesty International. Read the rest of this entry »

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Government-backed Confucius Institute Unwelcome at University, Says Canadian Professor

Posted by Author on May 19, 2011


Faculty at the University of Manitoba are concerned their school could become the latest host for a Confucius Institute, a non-profit Chinese language and culture institution funded with the helping hand of the Chinese regime.

Canada is already host to several Confucius Institutes, including one at University of Waterloo where one instructor rallied her students to work together and fight Canadian media’s coverage of the paramilitary effort to crush Tibetan unrest just months before the Beijing Olympic Games.

Prof. Cameron Morrill, president of the U of M Faculty Association, says the union is strongly opposed to having a CI on campus, a sentiment echoed by Asian studies Prof. Terry Russell in the following Q & A. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese students to be screened for ‘radical’ thoughts, Professor: Aren’t we going back to the days of the Cultural Revolution?

Posted by Author on March 28, 2011


Peking University, often viewed as the Oxford or Harvard equivalent in China, plans to screen students for “radical thoughts.” A statement from the university announces that the program will target students for “consultations” who “frequently fail exams or encounter difficulties in their studies.”

However, categories of students that will be targeted for consultations, in areas other than academic preparedness, has prompted Chinese academics to raise concerns over academic freedom and to draw comparisons with the Cultural Revolution. The university would also screen “students with radical thoughts, psychological fragility, poverty, registration changes, eccentricity, Internet addiction, job difficulties, serious illnesses, and discipline violations.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Kindergarten Children punished by applying electric iron on faces- Teacher Not Properly Punished, Parents Say

Posted by Author on December 26, 2010


By Quincy Yu, Epoch Times Staff, Dec. 26, 2010 –

A teacher at a private kindergarten in Xinghua City, Jiangsu Province, chose an unusual and painful form of punishment for seven young children who had spoken out of turn in her class on Dec. 14: she applied an electric iron to their faces. Two of the children had to be taken to hospital.

Local Communist Party authorities in a press conference on Dec. 18 explained that the teacher had assumed that the iron was no longer hot when she pressed it on the faces of the children, since it had been unplugged for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nearly 100 children hurt in northwest China school stampede

Posted by Author on November 29, 2010


AFP, Nov. 29, 2010 –

BEIJING — Nearly 100 children were hurt in a stampede Monday at a primary school in China’s far-western Xinjiang region but no deaths have been reported, state media reported.

The accident occurred in the city of Aksu as school children were rushing outside to a playground around lunchtime when some students in the lead tripped and fell, Xinhua news agency said, quoting an unnamed city official. Read the rest of this entry »

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China: No. 1 source of international students in the United States, 127,628 in Total

Posted by Author on November 15, 2010


Washington (CNN) — A record number of students from China are attending college in the United States, a new report says.

The total number of foreign students in the United States increased by 2.9 percent, to 690,923, during the 2009-10 school year, according to an annual report on international academic mobility.

Chinese student enrollment jumped by 30 percent, the report said. Chinese students — with a total of 127,628 — now account for 18.5 percent of international students in the United States, according to the Open Doors 2010 report. That makes China the No. 1 source of international students in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Teachers decry Textbooks for Youngsters as poor quality, bland, and false

Posted by Author on October 28, 2010


The Epochtimes, Oct 27, 2010 –

A group of Chinese elementary school teachers has recently decried the textbooks used for teaching children in China as poor quality, bland, and false.

In a recent book they published on the subject titled Save Our Children: A Critique of Elementary School Language Textbooks, they argue that “our children are still being fed poison” in the Chinese mainland education system.

The authors are Chinese elementary school language teachers and founders of the “Frontline Educational Research Group.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tibetan Students’ Protests Spread to Beijing Over China’s Language Education Policy

Posted by Author on October 22, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Oct 22, 2010 –

Tibetan students protesting against China’s education policies brought their campaign to the nation’s capital, with some 400 of them holding demonstrations at the Beijing National Minorities University.

The protests in Beijing on Oct. 22 came on the heels of demonstrations by thousands of Tibetan high school and college students this week in the remote western province of Qinghai amid fears they will be forced to adopt a Chinese-language-only curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese teen allegedly beaten to death at boot camp

Posted by Author on September 30, 2010


AFP, Sep. 30, 2010 –

BEIJING — A Chinese teenager was allegedly beaten to death at a boot camp for troubled youths that his mother had lured him to attend by promising he was going to study IT, state media said Thursday.

Chen Shi, 16, died two days after enrolling in Beiteng School in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan province, having been beaten up when he refused to run during training, the Beijing Times reported.

According to witnesses, an instructor — helped by two others — beat him with a plastic pipe, handcuffs and a wooden baton when he refused to run.

The incident comes amid controversy over China’s hundreds of boot camps that aim to discipline unruly youths or wean them off web addictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese meditation technique boosts brain function: study

Posted by Author on August 17, 2010


AFP, Aug. 16, 2010 –

WASHINGTON — A Chinese-influenced meditation technique appears to help the brain regulate behavior after as little as 11 hours of practice, according to a study released Monday.

Researchers at the University of Oregon and Dalian University of Technology charted the effects of integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a technique adapted in the 1990s from traditional Chinese medicine and practiced by thousands in China.

The research to be published in the upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences involved 45 test subjects, about half of whom received IBMT, while a control group received relaxation training.

Imaging tests showed a greater number of connections in the anterior cingulate — the part of the brain which regulates emotion and behavior — among those who practiced meditation compared to subjects in the control group.

“The importance of our findings relates to the ability to make structural changes in a brain network related to self-regulation,” said The University of Oregon’s Michael Posner, a lead author on the study.

“The pathway that has the largest change due to IBMT is one that previously was shown to relate to individual differences in the person’s ability to regulate conflict,” he said.

Deficits in activation of the anterior cingulate cortex also have been associated with attention deficit disorder, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and many other disorders.

And researchers said the experimental group also showed lower levels of anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue than students in the control group.

“We believe this new finding is of interest to the fields of education, health and neuroscience, as well as for the general public,” said Dalian University’s Yi-Yuan Tang, who led the team of Chinese researchers…….(more details from AFP)

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Harvard tops Chinese university rankings for eighth year

Posted by Author on August 14, 2010


AFP, Aug. 13, 2010 –

SHANGHAI
— Harvard topped a ranking of world universities published Friday by a Shanghai college for the eighth year running — a list dominated by US institutions and sharply criticised in Europe.

The University of California at Berkeley was second, followed by Stanford, according to the list of 500 institutions compiled by Jiaotong University’s Centre for World-Class Universities, available at http://www.arwu.org.

The rankings are focused almost entirely on a university’s achievements in scientific research, and do not cover the humanities — prompting concerns that they do not accurately reflect an institution’s overall performance.

Jiaotong uses criteria such as the number of Nobel prizes and Fields medals won by staff and alumni, the number of highly cited researchers on staff, and the number of articles by faculty published in Nature and Science magazines.

The rankings have come in for sharp criticism, notably in Europe, where officials say the criteria are biased against European schools.

The list was the first global ranking of universities when it made its debut in 2003. It was intended to benchmark the performance of Chinese universities, amid efforts by Beijing to create a set of world-class research institutions.

The highest-ranked non-US institutions this year were Britain’s Cambridge and Oxford universities, in fifth and 10th places respectively…….(More details from AFP)

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A U.S. college closed its China MBA program Due to “Widespread Plagiarism” among students

Posted by Author on July 31, 2010


By Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Via USA Today –

It’s not uncommon for colleges to discontinue academic programs overseas for financial reasons. But Centenary College, in New Jersey, is shutting down an M.B.A. program in Asia to contain a plagiarism epidemic. About 400 students are currently enrolled in the program at locations in Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan.

“The college is extremely concerned with the welfare of the Chinese students involved in the program, but must note that its review revealed evidence of widespread plagiarism among other issues, at a level that ordinarily would have resulted in students’ immediate dismissal from the college,” Debra Albanese, Centenary’s vice president for strategic advancement, said in a statement. “Despite that, in an effort to afford students every fair possibility, the college has opted to attempt to reach an amicable solution, in lieu of any such dismissal. The students were offered a choice to receive a tuition refund in exchange for a standard release in higher education or take a comprehensive exam in order to earn a degree.”

Students have until July 30 to make the choice, and so far, according to Centenary, all but two who’ve replied have accepted the refund. College officials declined to elaborate beyond the written statement, and did not answer specific questions in regard to what, if any, judicial procedures or preventative programs were in place at the satellite locations, or the nature of the academic misconduct uncovered.

A number of experts, however, said that the most surprising element of this case was that Centenary took the problem seriously enough to shut down its program. “For a lot of the American schools or foreign schools (in China), this is a cash cow,” noted Kathryn Mohrman, who is director of the University Design Consortium at Arizona State University and who has also been president of Colorado College and executive director of the Johns Hopkins University campus in Nanjing. “You don’t want to be too persnickety or you lose the revenue that comes from these programs.”

“I would certainly say,” Mohrman added, “Centenary is not the only school that has suffered this problem.”

Academic misconduct is a particularly pervasive problem in China, where it infiltrates the higher education system from the undergraduate ranks on up. Increasingly, commentators have speculated about whether the country’s reputation for plagiarism and research misconduct will hamper the rise of Chinese universities, per a recent series of news articles to this effect in the American (CBS News: “Rampant Academic Cheating Hurts China’s Ambition”), British (The Economist: “Replicating Success”), and state-run Chinese press (China Daily: “Academic Corruption Undermining Higher Education”). (A new post on Inside Higher Ed’s World View blog also explores the issue.)…… (more details from the USA Today)

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Forum in China Discusses Using Communist Dramas to Educate College Students

Posted by Author on July 10, 2010


Written by LYW and AEF, Chinascope.org –

On May 26, 2010, Guangming Daily reported about a forum held recently, that discussed how to use Communist dramas to instill Communist values in college students minds. The participants recognized the creativity of the Henan musical opera “Daughter of Dabie Mountain” based on the old movie “The Party’s Daughter,” [1]

The following people spoke at the forum:

Yan Zhenfen (the former Party secretary of the Chinese Drama Society), Jiang Zhitao (Chinese Opera Association Fellow), Li Peilun (Teaching and Research Division Director, Minzu University of China),  Du Gao (President of the Chinese Drama Society) and Zhao Weimin (Director of the Graduate Office, China Conservatory).

[1] Editor’s Note: The movie “The Party’s Daughter,” first shown in 1958, told the story of how, in 1934, a CCP member divorced her husband in order to be loyal to the Party and fight fearlessly against the Kuomingtang, led by Chiang Kai-shek.

Source: Guangming Daily, May 26, 2010
http://www.gmw.cn/content/2010-05/26/content_1128877.htm

– from Chinascope.org

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How Students in China Are Indoctrinated with Communist Party Culture (3)

Posted by Author on June 6, 2010


By Yang Zijiang, via The Epochtimes –

<< previous

For a period of time, universities started campaigns of constructing “university campus culture.” However, culture, spiritual activities, activities to create a cultural atmosphere through song composition and creation; seminars on different cultures, thoughts and science as well as some good ways to construct “campus culture” were all considered “spiritual pollution” by the Party committee propaganda department and “bourgeois liberalization,” and they were forcefully canceled. Instead, the league committee takes over and put all these under the wing of “Party culture.”

University education in today’s China was developed to protect and strengthen the CCP’s regime. The regime calls this education system the “national industry to produce talented people.” However, its true purpose is to support the regime.

Who benefits in today’s China? Take a look at the upper echelons of the Party. All the people in that group have graduated from universities. Phony Ph.D.s are rampant in today’s China. The CCP has changed its tactics.

In the past, if senior cadres were criticized for not doing the work of running the country, they would say that they had created the state, so why do they need to work? In today’s China the rulers are still exploiting the wealth of the nation while failing to fulfill their duties. They continue to produce a class of degenerate intellectuals who are more cunning and also more ruthless than their predecessors. The university system is being used to educate the regime’s political, economic, and cultural elites as well as other levels of lackeys to flatter the CCP and perform as executioners for the CCP.

The above are just some of the base tactics the CCP uses to cause students to lose their souls. It clearly shows that these tactics have seriously poisoned university students with “Party culture.” (END)

Read the original Chinese article. (From The Epochtimes)

Related:
How Students in China Are Indoctrinated with Communist Party Culture (1)
How Students in China Are Indoctrinated with Communist Party Culture (2)

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How Students in China Are Indoctrinated with Communist Party Culture (2)

Posted by Author on June 6, 2010


By Yang Zijiang, via The Epochtimes –

<< previous

For a period of time, some key universities all had the task of “recruiting talent for the Party.” The so-called “Party cadre,” “the second echelon,” and “the third echelon” came into play. Many university students became “echelon candidates” two years after they entered universities. Students themselves all know they are “successors for different levels of leaders in the Party and its organs.” During their time at school, “the second echelon” often has “private lessons.” It can be said that what they receive is an education and training in authentic, traditional Party culture.

Every university and college in mainland China is requested by the Central Propaganda Department and the Committee for College/University to operate an “Amateur Party School.” It organizes students to study “Fundamental Knowledge of the Party,” “Party Constitution,” and “Marxism and Leninism.” At the same time, it also selectively recruits students to become Party members. Nowadays, they will accept anyone who wishes to become a Party member.

Since the CCP established its rule, universities started to open brainwashing classes in political education. Until today, various universities offer a complex range of political classes. For example: Basic Principles of Marxism, Marxist Dialectical Materialism and Historical Materialism, Political Economy, Philosophy, Scientific Socialism, History of Communist Party Campaigns, Mao Zedong Thought Study, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Three Represents [the contribution to Chinese Communist Party doctrine made by Jiang Zemin], Scientific Development and Communist Morality, Human’s Manners, Legal Education,” etc. Such offerings fill up the class schedules of different grades in universities.

I still remember that within more than 2,300 course credits, these kinds of political courses took up 300 to 400 credits, far exceeding the major core courses and major subject courses.

For so many years, university students have been trying their best to ensure their rights and establish their own independent student associations. After decades of effort, they’ve achieved very little and have instead encountered countless failures. In the end, student associations all have to be affiliated with a “league committee”or “Party committee propaganda” system. The student organizations need to register under a “league committee” and get permission from the “Party committee propaganda department.”

There is one must-do monthly task in almost all universities, i.e., the “thoughts analysis meeting.” The meeting is held by “party committee chairman (vice chairman).” Party cadres like “coordinators of the Party” and “chairman of the league committee” attend. The “lower level” reports to the “higher level” and analyzes the thoughts and minds of different students, youth teachers, and other staff.

The examination of thoughts includes an analysis of the current political situation, views on “important issues to the parties and the country” and views on some school events and policies. Key problematic personnel are identified and subjected to a “transformation” process. The meeting is often the place where a concerted decision is made to enforce emotional and spiritual control and the suppression of students and young teachers. (to be cont’d)

Read the original Chinese article. (From The Epochtimes)

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How Students in China Are Indoctrinated with Communist Party Culture (1)

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How Students in China Are Indoctrinated with Communist Party Culture (1)

Posted by Author on June 6, 2010


By Yang Zijiang, via The Epochtimes –

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has ruled China for more than 60 years, relying on violence and lies to remain in power. Through manipulation of the educational system—in particular through “political education”—the Party seeks to control the souls and spirits of students.

The harm this has caused extends back a few generations; therefore, sweeping out the effects and poisons of the “party culture” is not only a very difficult project, but must be a very systematic and urgent one as well.

I have been teaching in mainland China for 35 years. I am a teacher by profession, and my specialty is youth psychology research. I have worked in elementary schools, middle schools, and universities. I have experienced serious emotional and spiritual persecution in different periods of time under the CCP’s rule. Therefore, I consider myself to be in a position to tell young people just how “Party culture” affects them and in what aspects.

The tactics used by the CCP to force students to devour their souls are many, varied, and insidious. From kindergarten to the university, the tactics and purposes of the CCP-instilled “Party culture” are all the same.

First of all, the CCP designates all young people as the “heirs of communism.” Consequently, 300 million youth must take the CCP’s guiding principle of “fighting for communism throughout their life” as their goal and guiding principle. It clearly aims to control their hearts and souls, spirits and wills. Without exemption, 300 million young people must join the regime’s related political organizations. Children over seven years old must join the “Communist Young Pioneers” (CYP). They must raise their fists to pledge to “always be prepared to fight for Communism!” They also become the next level up in the reserve force of the “Communist Youth League” (CYL) .

Especially today, the CYL forcefully recruits youths of suitable age to join the league. The CYL then becomes the reserve force for the CCP. It can be said that “Party culture” is systematically feeding doctrine to these young people throughout the CYL’s activities. Its members must sincerely pledge to receive its influence.

Universities and colleges in mainland China have all systemically established “league committees” (Full name: “Chinese Communist Party Youth League Committee of such-and-such). These claim to be the “Party’s powerful assistants.” However, in actuality they are the Party’s powerful thugs.

The party committee’s control over university students is mainly operated through the League Committee. Today, League Committees in universities cooperate with the University’s Party Committee to execute its plans to recruit new Party members. It uses different kinds of political benefits to attract and force students to join the Party to increase Party membership. At the same time, it cooperates with the “propaganda department” and “political counselors” in different classes to influence students’ political views and perceptions.

Every student is given a political evaluation. The implementation of the two tasks of recruiting news members and influencing students thoughts makes today’s university students completely lose the true purpose and meaning of being at a university—to receive a higher education. Instead, they almost become tools of the CCP. (to be cont’d)

Read the original Chinese article. (From The Epochtimes)

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Uyghur language school Shuts Down in Pakistan under pressure from Chinese Embassy

Posted by Author on May 20, 2010


Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2010 –

HONG KONG— A Uyghur language school in northern Pakistan has been shuttered following orders from authorities acting on pressure from Beijing, according to school officials.

The Omer Uyghur Language School in Rawalpindi, in the Majha region of Punjab province, closed its doors in April after Chinese Embassy officials spoke with the Pakistani government and the school’s landlord, accusing school officials of maintaining ties with a Uyghur independence group.

The school had also faced fierce competition from a new institute established by the Chinese Embassy called the Big Montessori School—built directly in front of the Omer Uyghur Language School and opened for classes on April 7, 2010, Omer school officials said.

Omer Khan, 35, who co-founded the Omer Uyghur Language School with his brother Akbar in March 2009, said he is trying to convince the Pakistani government to allow him to reopen.

His brother, Akbar, said the Uyghur community “simply wants a place to learn the Uyghur language and has no political motivations.”

The Big Montessori School has yet to conduct classes in the Uyghur language, despite a pledge from Chinese officials that it would do so, in addition to providing all fees for attendance and school materials.

Classes are currently conducted in Urdu and English, according to local members of the Uyghur community.

Unlikely leader

A former employee of the Omer Uyghur Language School, who asked not to be named, said the Chinese Embassy had also distributed 5 million Pakistan rupees (U.S. $60,000) to the Pakistan Chinese Uyghur community in Rawalpindi, which it said was to be used for the new school it had established.

“The Chinese government spending money on a new school is only going to create problems for the Uyghur community here. They just want to start trouble by saying there are links between our school and the World Uyghur Congress,” the employee said, referring to the Munich-based independence group.

“The new school is not teaching Uyghur. I’m very disappointed because the Omer School has been shut down and the new school was built directly in front of the former school,” he said.

Raza Han, president of the Big Montessori School, has served as a liaison between the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan and the Pakistan Chinese Uyghur community in Rawalpindi, of which he also serves as president.

When contacted by telephone in Uyghur for comment, Raza Han seemed unable to communicate clearly.

“I am not a Uyghur,” Raza Han stuttered, before refusing to answer further questions.

The former employee at the Omer School said he could not understand why Raza Han had been put in charge of the Uyghur community, or of the school that was meant to provide the community with language and cultural classes.

“How can Raza Han claim to be the head of the Chinese Uyghur community in Rawalpindi if he is not even a Uyghur?” he asked……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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China: Schools locked up for Migrant Children in suburb of Beijing

Posted by Author on March 3, 2010


Radio Free Asia, 2010-03-02 –

HONG KONG– The Year of the Tiger got off to a gloomy start for hundreds of children of migrant workers in the Chinese capital, as authorities locked the gates of their schools and warned the principals not to carry on teaching them.

“The village and township officials all came to the school,” said Principal Wang of Taoyuan School in an eastern suburb of Beijing, which is currently home to thousands of migrant workers from rural China.

“[Then] some security guards came and locked the school gates, then went away again,” said Wang, whose school lies in Cuigezhuang, one of a number of areas scheduled for demolition and redevelopment in Beijing’s eastern Chaoyang district.

Local residents said at least seven schools in the same area had been similarly affected, with students unable to resume class after the Lunar New Year holidays.

Authorities had already served the schools with notices that they should close by Feb. 28., and the gates of several schools were locked by officials early Monday morning.

“Nobody dares to open the schools,” Principal Wang said. “The local government has made it very clear that they have their own methods of dealing with it if we go ahead and open the school, including violence,” he said.

“There were more than 20 security guards who came to the school … It’s the same in Shanggao, Beigao, Shanggezhuang, and Cuigezhuang,” Wang said. “This is a unified plan of action.”

Authorities in Naixi village had also closed the Wende School there Monday, although the village wasn’t yet in an area scheduled for demolition. The school still had some time left to run on its rental lease, the school principal said……. (Radio Free Asia)

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Canada’s University of Calgary becomes latest victim of China’s political “punishment”

Posted by Author on February 6, 2010


By Aileen McCabe, Canwest News Service, Canada, Feb. 6, 2010-

Honourary degree for Dalai Lama last fall precedes removal from education ministry’s list of recommended universities

China has made a habit recently of “punishing” many of the people, institutions and nations that cross it on the Tibet issue, and the University of Calgary appears to be the latest victim.

A call Friday to the Hotline for Overseas Studies Service Centre in Beijing asking for information about attending the Canadian university elicited the following advice: “If you don’t already go to that school yet, it is better not to go because you will face risks.”

The operator told a Chineselanguage inquirer that if she was already at the University of Calgary, her degree would be certified by the Chinese Ministry of Education, but warned, “the policy might change” in years to come.

Without fanfare, the University of Calgary was dropped in December from the Chinese Ministry of Education’s list of recommended universities for Chinese students going abroad to study.

The operator said the hotline recommends Chinese students choose their university only from among those on the list.

The inquiry was obviously not the first of the day, either. When the operator was asked about University of Calgary, she could be heard saying to someone nearby: “It’s another phone call about the University of Calgary.”

Although no one will say officially that Beijing has blocked Chinese students from going to University of Calgary because the school awarded the Dalai Lama an honourary degree last fall, it seems plausible that is the reason.

Asked why Beijing blacklisted the university, a spokeswoman at the Chinese Consulate in Calgary told the Calgary Herald simply that the university “should know.”

It may seem a petty move by the world’s nascent superpower, but delisting will be costly for the university. China currently has the largest pool of foreign students looking to study abroad and universities around the world are competing to attract them. Little wonder. The 178,000 foreign students in Canada spent $6.5 billion in 2008, according to Canadian government figures. That’s an average of more than $36,000 each for the 600 Chinese students at the University of Calgary this year.

Repeatedly in recent years, Beijing has launched retaliatory action in its uphill battle to convince the world the Dalai Lama is a dangerous separatist intent on dividing China, not a Tibetan holy man.

Last fall, it even appeared to shoot itself in the foot when it slowed down its push for closer relations with Taiwan, cancelling or postponing several rounds of official discussions, because the Nobel Peace Prize winner had been invited to pay a visit to the prosperous island that has been estranged from the Mainland since 1949. His visit came in the wake of Typhoon Morakot that left 700 dead in southern Taiwan and the Dalai Lama was invited in his role as spiritual leader to comfort the island’s predominantly Buddhist population……. (more details from Vancouver Sun)

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China Schools ‘Kill Imagination’

Posted by Author on August 18, 2009


Radio Free Asia, 2009-08-18 –

HONG KONG— A group of Chinese fiction writers has called on the country’s primary schools to stimulate the imaginations of young learners, who were found in a recent survey to be very computer-savvy but reluctant to think “outside the box.”

Sun Yunxiao, deputy director of the China Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Association, which celebrated its 30th anniversary on Aug. 14, said too little imaginative fiction is available to the nation’s schoolchildren, who are fed instead a diet of “correct” answers to fixed questions as part of the national obsession with exams.

“This lack of imagination will definitely have a profound impact on the creative capacities of the nation’s youth,” Sun was quoted in the official People’s Daily newspaper as saying.

He called for more fiction to be included in primary school syllabuses.

“Reading imaginative fiction can stimulate the imagination of children and broaden their thinking, showing them what is possible for the imagination,” he said.

The People’s Daily cited a 2000 report by the China Youth Research Center and the Beijing Normal University titled “Fantasy and Imaginative Capacity among Urban Chinese Children.”

Based on the ideas of U.S. educator F.E. Williams, the study tested 1,370 third-year Chinese elementary school students in an attempt to gauge their curiosity, imaginative capacity, appetite for challenge, and appetite for risk.

With an average score for each trait of 3.0, the highest score among the children for curiosity was 2.39, on appetite for challenge, 2.28, on appetite for risk, 2.25 and on imaginative capacity 2.18.

And a recent International Assessment of Educational Progress (IAEP) survey of 21 countries found that Chinese children were top of the class for computer skills, while their creativity was fifth from the bottom, compared with children from the other 20 countries.

Only 4.7 percent of children interviewed described themselves as “curious,” the study said.

Education system blamed

Authors and experts blamed an education system fixated on learning by heart the “correct answers” to fixed questions for the lack of development of the imagination in China’s children.

Chinese children, they said, are trained to do as they are told rather than develop their own viewpoint, to follow the mainstream, and not to be oppositional.

Nanjing-based writer Zan Aizong said it isn’t true that Chinese children lack creativity, however.

“Chinese children are very intelligent. The main thing is the test-oriented education system … Gradually they become fixed into a certain way of doing things,” Zan said.

“Children are very imaginative when they are playing or being naughty.”

“The education system is very rigid. Children need a freer space in which to express themselves. They need more freedom to play,” he said.

New York-based writer Dong Dingshan said he sees children in the United States having a larger space in which to be creative.

“My granddaughter [raised in the U.S.] has a very strong imaginative capacity. She can always think of something to do, or something to play with,” Dong said.

The schools give them every imaginable kind of toy to play with … it’s not just toys, either, it’s ordinary objects. The result is that she paints really well, at six years old. I think this is because she has been allowed to develop freely,” he said.

Dong said the Chinese education system is too focused on exams to allow children to develop their creativity.

“The entrance exams for university and high school are all based on set questions, so the students grow up thinking that it’s enough just to answer them in a prescribed manner,” he said.

Radio Free Asia

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China’s graduates fight for a future as economy slows down

Posted by Author on January 2, 2009


By Chris Hogg, BBC News, from Beijing, 2 January 2009 –

China’s graduates will find it tougher than ever to get jobs in the coming year, as China’s economy slows down and unemployment rises.

Experts say a chronic over-supply of graduates and a shortage of “high end” jobs had already been causing difficulties, but the mass lay-offs and business closures in recent months has made the situation even worse.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has told students that the problem of graduate employment is “at the top of the government’s agenda”.

Six and a half million graduates in China will be looking for a job over the next year.

The government says it is going to try to create nine million jobs for them and for those from previous years who are still unemployed.

That will not be easy though. Economic growth in China is expected by some to fall below the figure of 8%, cited by many as the minimum needed to continue to create enough jobs.

There are three problems for the new graduates to cope with.

Firstly the economic slowdown here means there are fewer jobs available.

Secondly widespread redundancies mean there are more experienced people than there might have been in previous years, trying to secure the same jobs as them.

Thirdly there are many graduates from previous years who are still jobless……. (more details from BBC News)

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