Date Time: December 8, 2020, 03:00 PM (Singapore)

Topic: Chinese Culture and China’s Soft Power in Maritime Southeast Asia

Unlike previous migrants whose stay was more assimilative and permanent in nature, the current Xinyimin are generally more educated and possess greater economic means, and therefore have greater geographical mobility to move out of Southeast Asia or even return to China. As a result, many Xinyimin retains distinct identities and form communities that maintain close links to China. The new Chinese culture has also been introduced to Southeast Asia via these Xinyimin and through cultural and educational institutions. Moving our attention to China’s soft power in maritime Southeast Asia, Professor Dr. Lourdes M. Tanhueco-Nepomuceno (Confucius Institute, University of the Philippines) will expound on the Confucius Institutes in the Philippines as a form of China’s Educational Diplomacy, while Dr. Peter Chang (Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya) will examine Xinyimin presence in Malaysia via the Confucius Institute and Xiamen University. Dr. Ho Yi Kai (Confucius Institute, Nanyang Technological University), will round off the webinar with his comparison of China’s cultural centre and Singapore’s Chinese cultural centre.

The University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP) and the Confucius Institute at the University of the Philippines Diliman (CI-UPD) joined forces inoffering International Marketing as an elective course in the Master of Management (MM) program. The weeklong on-the-ground experiential learning and cultural exposure in Xiamen University China made the MM students progressive thinkers in terms of creating change. The students learned the Chinese language and culture for the advancement of grassroots entrepreneurship, and international trade relations. The students gained an in-depth review of the current market and business environment, cultural sensitivities, major trends, and industry sector economic downturns and then focus on a wide range of proven, time-tested business strategies.

MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines and China are embroiled in a dispute over the South China Sea, government employees are learning basic Mandarin to allow them to understand their Chinese counterparts.

About 15 personnel from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the government’s lead communications arm, started a course on basic Mandarin last Friday, according to an article published by Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. About 30 PCOO employees have reportedly signed up for the course.

The 90-hour course is being facilitated by a unit of the Confucius Institute at the University of the Philippines. The institute, which is affiliated with China’s education ministry, aims to promote Chinese language and culture.

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Feilubin,” “Zongtongfu” and “Xinwenbu” were the first three words learned by an initial 15 students of a Mandarin class held at the Palace and taught by a teacher from the University of the Philippines (UP) Confucius Institute.

The three Chinese words meant the Philippines, the Presidential Palace and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), respectively.

The students erupted into laughter when they were told about the meaning of the Mandarin words on flash cards that they repeatedly read aloud.

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