The past, present and future of Chinese language education in Southeast Asia: from the perspective of relations among nations

Cao Yunhua1

(1.Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies,Jinan University, Guangzhou, China 510630)

【Abstract】The Chinese language education in Southeast Asia goes on with its own rules and patterns. Yet, we must admit that the relations among nations are the key pushing hands to the occurrence of Chinese education hot in Southeast Asia: the ascending Sino-ASEAN economic relations provide a solid material root for its blossom and the deepening cultural exchanges irrigate it incessantly. Looking forward into the future, we believe the Chinese education in Southeast Asia will embrace its brighter future.

【Keywords】 China; Southeast Asia; Chinese language education; relations among nations; globalization; regional economic integration;


【Funds】 Supported by Major Project of the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Base of the Ministry of Education (13JJD810003)

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    [1]. China Academic Journals Electronic Publishing House Editor's Note: the“Nations”in the title, table of contents and content of this article that presents Hong Kong SAR and Chinese Taiwan, should be “Nations(Regions).” [^Back]

    [2]. [1] Liu, H. & Cheng, H. Southeast Asian Studies(东南亚研究), (2) (2014). [^Back]

    [3]. [2] (US) Huang, A. Hong Kong-based Indonesia Focus(印尼焦点), August, 2010. [^Back]

    [4]. [3] Premier Li Keqiang’s speech at the 16th China-ASEAN (10+1) Leaders Conference, October 9, 2013, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei,, October 10, 2013. [^Back]

    [5]. ① Myanmar is the only exception. Thus far, the Myanmar government has not yet issued an order that the previously-enacted law and regulations against Chinese language education should be annulled. Despite the fact, Chinese language education and Chinese schools have developed rapidly in Myanmar, and the Myanmar government has actually acquiesced in this situation. [^Back]

    [6]. ② After lifting the ban on Chinese language education, the Indonesian government gave the Chinese societies the permission to open private schools. At the same time, Indonesian, Chinese and English are allowed to be taught at kindergartens, primary schools, middle schools, and colleges. Such schools are called “trilingual schools.” [^Back]

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CN: 44-1124/D

Vol , No. 01, Pages 66-74

February 2015


Article Outline


  • 1 Short history of Chinese language education in Southeast Asia
  • 2 Current craze in Chinese language education in Southeast Asia
  • 3 Biggest pushing hand of Chinese language education in Southeast Asia: ever-improving relations among nations
  • 4 Future of Chinese language education in Southeast Asia: China-ASEAN regional integration level continues to improve
  • 5 Summary
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