Repeal and Replace: The Confucius Institute

Dear fellow students, Tufts University has an incredibly good track record for critical world-class thought and academic freedom. I’m afraid we may tarnish that if we continue our association with the Confucius Institute, an organization run by the government of the People’s Republic of China ostensibly to encourage cultural dialogue but in reality designed to manipulate […]

Boston Asian American Film Festival celebrates 10 years, opens with ‘The Joy Luck Club’

Content warning: This article mentions rape and abuse. 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF). As New England’s largest Asian-American film festival, the BAAFF is dedicated to celebrating the brilliance behind the making of Asian-American films in diverse genres and themes, including feature films, short films, queer films and […]

Former ambassador talks US-China trade relations at annual conference

Former United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Charles W. Freeman Jr. took a hard line against the Trump administration’s approach to U.S.-China trade, at one point comparing the “disgusting” and “incoherent”  policies to sheep innards, in a keynote speech at Saturday’s New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (NECLTA) Conference in Cohen Auditorium. The event began with […]

Takeaways: Uyghurs of East Turkestan are under attack — don’t look away

The issue of the Chinese government’s repression of Uyghurs became a subject of international attention after a U.N. report released toward the end of the summer laid bare the severity of the situation. However, the world was already aware of the mistreatment of these people. It is no secret that China has been extremely harsh […]

Op-Ed: In defense of the Confucius Institute

Let me start this by saying that I am inherently very biased. The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota (CIUMN) played a major part in my high school Chinese program’s development, and without the CIUMN I don’t know if I would be studying Chinese today – and studying Chinese has played a huge part […]

Confucius Institute draws criticism from Congress, community

Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) urged Tufts to disassociate with the Confucius Institute, an educational collaboration between the university and Beijing Normal University (BNU), in a letter sent to 40 institutions in Greater Boston earlier this month.  Confucius Institutes are overseen by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, known as Hanban, and are focused on Chinese language and culture education. Tufts’ Confucius […]

Students discuss experiences, history of Tibet, China

Disclaimer: Khaliun Narangerel is a graphics and layout editor at The Tufts Daily. She was not involved in the writing or editing of this article. Recently, the annual Parade of Nations event organized by the International Club (I-Club) caused controversy among the Chinese and Tibetan student communities. According to a March 1 Daily article, a group of […]

Far-flung homes: Two students speak to diasporic identity, borderless sense of home

This is the third part of a three-part series centering the experiences of students who are the only ones from their home countries to be at Tufts. This series has previously discussed how students identified with physical spaces both inside and outside of their home countries. In this final installment, the Daily features the stories of Olive and Faith, […]

‘The Great Wall’ is amusing, unimpressive

“The Great Wall” (2016) — released Dec. 15, 2016 in China and Feb. 17, 2017 in the United States — blends bits of Chinese history and mythology with good old American heroism to create, if nothing else, an entertaining action movie. It all begins with two European mercenaries named William Garin (Matt Damon) and Pero Tovar […]

Looking In: The Confucius Institute

Wherever you go in the world, you can find the same things: movie theaters showing Hollywood movies, international schools teaching an American-style curriculum in English, an educational elite that speaks English, people watching American television shows, a business district imitating Manhattan and more examples in this vein. In addition to all this, the United States […]