University of Memphis won’t drop Confucius Institute despite lawmaker’s concerns

By , Daily Memphian Updated: February 05, 2019 5:25 PM CT | Published: February 05, 2019 11:57 AM CT
<strong>University of Memphis students Zhinen Guo (left) and Zhuoqun Rao ride the merry-go-round during a Chinese New Year celebration conducted by the Confucius Institute at the Children's Museum of Memphis on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis, which was founded more than 12 years ago, conducts community cultural outreach programs in Memphis with dance, crafts and martial arts demonstrations at schools, libraries and international festivals.</strong> (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

University of Memphis students Zhinen Guo (left) and Zhuoqun Rao ride the merry-go-round during a Chinese New Year celebration conducted by the Confucius Institute at the Children's Museum of Memphis on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis, which was founded more than 12 years ago, conducts community cultural outreach programs in Memphis with dance, crafts and martial arts demonstrations at schools, libraries and international festivals. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

Knoxville representative says universities should close Confucius Institute programs because it’s a “front for communist propaganda and intelligence gathering.” The University of Memphis is keeping its program, however.

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