SFSU kills Confucius Institute Program
In May, 2019, San Francisco State University (SFSU) announced it was closing its Confucius Institute program that had been in operation since 2005.
Closure was not due to concerns about academic freedom, freedom of speech, or even any suspicion of ulterior motives on the part of the teachers sent from China. In the SFSU case, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 denied federal funds for an intensive Chinese language programs if a university also hosted a Confucius Institute, and SFSU has an excellent DOD funded language program.
Sure, DOD can kill Confucius Institutes. But DOD has nothing on me. I helped kill another SFSU Chinese program ten years earlier. That was not on the basis of politics, but solely academic rigor.