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URN etd-0431116-105550
Author Jenner James Pratt
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Department International Master Program in Asia-Pacific Affairs (IMAPA)
Year 2015
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title The Soft Power of Education and Its Role in Canada-Asia Relations:
The Case Study of China
Date of Defense 2016-05-23
Page Count 198
Keyword
  • constructivism, soft power, Confucius Institute, Asia competence, Canada, China, international relations
  • Abstract The researcher set out to understand why Canada has been slow to move on the rise of Asia, and to uncover the best course of action for overcoming the country’s Asia competence deficiency. Much has been offered by way of explanations and remedies, but the field of interest is devoid of a comprehensive synthesis of this information for use in effecting policy change. Prior study of this issue area has failed to cut through the web of factors to the core of both the problem, and solution. It also lacks critical analysis from a theoretical approach. The author’s exploration of this topic was conducted using a constructivist framework, allowing it to shape the direction of the research, and interpret its results. All material, sourced from government and policy institute reports, academic journals, and news outlets, passed through this lens. It was made clear that education lies at the heart of what prevents progress, and what must be utilized to create a Canadian shift to Asia. Education’s soft power holds the potential to establish a higher form of public discourse. If this soft power is cultivated properly through cohesive public sponsorship, a two-way flow of attraction will result, increasing interaction, and enabling the formation of a shared identity. As China is the most influential member of the Asian region, this study focused on drawing closer ties between Canada and the PRC. While they are saddled with a great deal of inhibitive controversy, Confucius Institutes come to the fore of this researcher’s work as powerful tools for initiating a deep and lasting pivot in the direction of securing Canada’s place in the coming “Asian century.”
    Advisory Committee
  • Lin Wen-cheng - chair
  • Hsiu-Fei Wang - co-chair
  • Allison Haga - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2016-05-31

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