There has been a 360 percent increase in the number of Chinese speakers in America in the last three decades, according to a new report from the US Census Bureau.
The report, released on Tuesday, shows that there were around 2.9 million Chinese speakers living in the US in 2011, and Chinese (predominantly Mandarin Chinese but also Cantonese and local dialects) is the third most spoken language in the country, after English and Spanish.
While the majority of the increase in Chinese speakers is down to immigration, more and more Americans are speaking the language as well. Confucius Institutes, sponsored by the Chinese government and one of the few examples of Chinese soft power done right, are prevalent in the US, though some parents have raised concerns over just what their children are learning from the CCP-approved curriculum.
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