The 10th Chinese Language Bridge Cup Contests Award Ceremony held at the CISFSU, America

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University [Time]    2014-05-06 10:16:17 
 

On March 21, 2014, the award ceremony of the 10th Chinese Bridge Cup Contests (CBCC), co-organized by the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (CISFSU) and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), was held in the auditorium at Roosevelt Middle School. Over 1,000 people attended the grand ceremony, including officials of the Consulate General of the PRC in San Francisco, supervisors of San Francisco, superintendents of the SFUSD, Associate Vice President of San Francisco State University, students and faculty members of the CISFSU, award winners and their parents and teachers, and people from local communities keen on Chinese language education.

In his opening remarks, Michael Reimer, Principal of Roosevelt Middle School, said that it is a real honor for the school to hold the award ceremony. Xie Jiaxin, Director of the CISFSU, summarized the results of this year’s contests and briefly reviewed the ten-year history of the CBCC in his speech. He expressed his gratitude to Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Consulate General of the PRC in San Francisco for their staunch support, and said that the 10th CBCC was deemed a present to the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institutes.

The ceremony was hosted by Mr. Lin Weihao, Assistant Counselor for Legislation of San Francisco. The guests that attended and addressed the ceremony included Bi Gang, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the PRC in San Francisco, Eric Mar, San Francisco Supervisor, Jose Galvan, Associate Vice President of San Francisco State University and Luis Valentino and David Wong, Associate Superintendents of the SFUSD.


Yuan Nansheng, Consul General of the Consulate General of the PRC in San Francisco, taking a photo together with the award winners

Deputy Consul General Bi Gang said in his speech that this year marked the 10th anniversary of the CBCC that was successfully held in San Francisco. Over the past decade, around 10,000 elementary and secondary school students have taken part in various contests. He further pointed out that the CBCC, getting more and more attention and support, is already a brand of Chinese language education in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Relations between two countries depend on friendship between their peoples”, and “friendship between two peoples lies in heart-to-heart communication”. Language can be the bridge that connects the Chinese and the Americans. He congratulated these young award winners, and hoped that they will continue to work hard at learning Chinese language and culture and in future become the bridge for China-US exchanges.

On behalf of San Francisco State University, Associate Vice President Jose Galvan congratulated all the winning students and sincerely thanked Hanban and the Consulate General of the PRC in San Francisco for their consistent support for the CBCC. He also praised the close cooperation between the CISFSU and the SFUSD in promoting Chinese language teaching, organizing the CBCC and training Chinese language teachers all these years, and expressed his gratitude to the students, the faculty members as well as the volunteers of the CISFSU for their hard work for the contest. Supervisor Eric Mar first welcomed all the award winners and their parents, and then said that he truly respects these visionary and hard-working parents who encourage their children to learn Chinese. He hoped that the students will work hard to learn Chinese, the second language well since the development of San Francisco, as a multi-cultural center, needs their contribution in the future. Luis Valentino and David Wong said that the SFUSD has always been glad to co-organize the CBCC with the Consulate General of the PRC in San Francisco and the CISFSU, and that the SFUSD “is always aimed at providing a multi-language and multi-cultural world for all the students”.


San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar giving awards to the winning contestants


Associate Superintendent of the SFUSD David Wong giving awards to the winning contestants


Associate Vice President of San Francisco State University Jose Galvan giving awards to the winning contestants

This year’s CBCC was comprised of five major categories, including painting/drawing, pen/brush calligraphy, Chinese poetry recital, composition, translation and common knowledge about China and the US. The contestants were divided into five groups according to their grades from K to 12. The top three winners of every category were determined in the CBCC held on February 15 and 16. At today’s award ceremony, all the first-prize winners received their awards on stage, including He Rong from the painting/drawing category, Ou Jixin from the calligraphy category, Xu Yuanze from the Chinese poetry recital category, Chen Peiying from the composition category and Li Shuhan from the translation and common knowledge about China and the US category. Over 1,000 students from 100 schools in North California enrolled for the CBCC this year, 259 of whom won awards – 36 first-prize winners, 48 second-prize winners, 59 third-prize winners and 116 Excellent Performance Award winners.


Little contestants in the CBCC


A little contestant in the brush calligraphy contest


Little contestants in the CBCC


Little contestants in the CBCC

By Xu Zhenglong