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Spain’s Cervantes Institute is kind of like the Confucius Institute, except they actually teach the language instead of “War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea“-style propaganda. The institute already has a presence in Beijing, and is now bringing Spanish-learning goodness to Shanghai. Hopefully an increased Spanish presence will also bring a whole new genre of comically translated signs to the city.
“I think that the Chinese authorities are very aware of the need they have to train bilingual personnel, because in public institutions, ministries (and) corporations, they also have this shortage, and they are the ones primarily interested in achieving this advance,” she [Gonzalez Puig, director of the Beijing Cervantes branch] said.
In the Chinese metropolis, “there is great demand for Spanish in all sectors,” in part because there are many Chinese businesses “that are working with Spain or with Latin America and that need professionals who speak Spanish and Chinese,” she noted.
An influx of Spanish teachers will bring a whole new style of visa-violating 20 year-old to the city. This should be a good step for Spain/China relations, considering the last big headline between the two countries was the racist/idiotic “Chinese Eyes” basketball team photo during the Olympics.