The Japanese Preliminary Competition for 9th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Concludes Successfully in Kansai

[Source]    Division of Human Resources Development of the CIH [Time]    2010-06-22 10:29:05 

Osaka, May 23rd – The Japanese Preliminary Competition for 9th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Successfully sponsored by the Education Department of Chinese Consul General in Osaka and the Confucius Institute at Kansai Gaidai University was held on the Nakamiya Campus of Kansai Gaidai University. 22 candidates hailing from 10 universities within western Japan such as: Osaka University, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kansai Gaidai University, Setsunan University, Tezukayamagakuin University, Kwansei Gakuin University, St.Andrew’s University, Aichi University and Okayama Shoka University took part in the competition. Motoji Iwasaki, the winner of the 1st prize of the 8th “Chinese Bridge” Competition was in attendance as a special guest.

Prior to the competition, Zhang Xin, Deputy Consul-General of Chinese Consulate in Osaka made remarks, encouraging candidates to show off their Chinese proficiency, good bearing and friendship through the competition and contribute to the exchanges and development of cultures around the world. He also expressed hopes that the candidates build a bridge of friendship between the two countries through Chinese language and make more contributions to the stability of Asia as well as world peace.

The theme of the competition was “Charming Chinese, Splendid EXPO!”. The competition was comprised of the following segments, a theme speech, a general knowledge Q&A on China and an artistic talent show. In the theme speech segment, candidates showed off their accurate Chinese articulation and humorous speech styles. In the artistic talent show segment, candidates made erhu, cucurbit flute, kuaiban, martial arts, calligraphy, dance, sketching and fencing performances for the entertainment of the audience and as a display of their own artistic abilities.

After 7 hours of fierce competition, candidates named Takeharada Kana from Setsunan University and Sato from Osaka University won the first place prizes, candidate Mizuno Nana from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Naka Naoto and Hayashi Yoda from Setsunan University won the 2nd prizes while Nishimura Hideki from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Maki Yoko and Shiono from Kansai Gaidai University, Nonoyama Megumi from Aichi University and Fujimi Chise from Osaka University reached third place. Other candidates were awarded with consolation prizes. Amongst the winners, Takeharada Kana and Sato have been selected to represent western Japan in the semi-final and final competition for the 9th “Chinese Bridge” competition which will be held in China’s Hunan province.

After the competition, a reception party was held for candidates, advisors and judges to make discussions.

Candidates showing off their artistic ability

Deputy Consul-General Zhang Xin making a speech

A group photo of judges and candidates