African Agency within Confucius Institutes? Challenges to equal cultural exchange between CIs and African host countries
Keywords:Confucius institutes, African education, linguistics, cultural exchange
According to Okoth-Okombo, language policy and economic development in Africa play a significant role in ensuring effective participation of large sectors of society in development activities and the public platform. During a time when Sino-African trade and cooperation is at an all-time high, Confucius Institutes (CIs) have become important social funnels to signal cultural interdependency, while sensitizing the incumbent African workforce to the Chinese language and culture that awaits them within the new world order. Between the possibility of employment in increasingly numerous, African-based Chinese business ventures or the possibility to travel to China for further education, understanding the Chinese perspective has become more important than ever.
 Okombo, Okoth (2001), ‘Language Policy: The Forgotten Parameter in African Development and Governance Strategies.’ (Nairobi: Univ. of Nairobi)