Documentary on controversial Confucius Institutes to screen in Parliament House

20 Jun 2018

Canberra: Australia Tibet Council and Australian Values Alliance will host a screening of In the Name of Confucius, an award-winning documentary film profiling the Chinese government’s controversial Confucius Institutes and Confucius in universities and schools across Australia and around the world.

The groups are currently calling on the NSW Government to shut down its Confucius Institute and the Confucius Classrooms in 13 state schools.

WHAT: Screening of In the Name of Confucius
WHEN: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Wednesday 20 June 2018
WHERE: 1R1, Parliament House

Michael Danby MP; Kyinzom Dhongdue, Executive Officer of Australia Tibet Council and Member of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile; and Yonglin Chen, former Chinese diplomat who defected in 2005 and currently Campaign Coordinator of Sydney Network for Democracy in China, will speak at the event.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Doris Liu, Director of In the Name of Confucius (via Skype).

Marketed as a benign cultural-exchange and language-learning program, critics claim Confucius Institutes use their foothold in academic institutions to influence and steer academic discourse and ultimately aim to distort information and shape public opinion on critical political and human rights issues such as Tibet, Taiwan, Falun Gong and the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Contact: Kyinzom Dhongdue, Executive Officer, Australia Tibet Council