College Students in Canada Showcase Talents in “Chinese Bridge” Competition
On Mar. 18th local time, the Toronto finals of the 16th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students with the theme of “Dreams Enlighten the Future” was held in the Confucius Institute at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. 13 college students from universities and the Confucius Institutes in Ontario and Manitoba participated in the competition and the winners were decided.
Daniel Cressman, the champion from University of Waterloo, singing and playing “Butterfly Lovers” in the talent show.
Daniel Cressman, majoring computer at the University of Waterloo, speaks Chinese with a native Beijing accent as a foreigner. Actually, he has learnt Chinese for only three months and never been to China. He won the laurels by giving a remarkable speech as well as singing and playing “Butterfly Lovers” in the talent show, which impressed the judges.
Klara Hlavon, the third winner from University of Toronto, performing “Chinese Square Dancing” in the talent show that day.
Klara Hlavon, a blonde from University of Toronto, in red Tang suits, took part in the competition. Having learned Chinese for more than two years, she showed us “Chinese Square Dancing” with two folding fans in her hands in the talent show. As the third winner, she said that “Chinese Square Dancing” embodied the concepts of health and joy, which echoed her Chinese name.
The competition was sponsored by the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto and organized by the Confucius Institute at Brock University. Based on the competitors’ comprehensive performance, the Consulate-General choose recommended candidates to participate in “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students in China. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Premier of Ontario respectively sent their congratulatory messages to the competition, stating that an inclusive Canadian society welcomes diverse cultures.
Xu Weiya, Education Consul of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto attended the event. In his speech, he encouraged young Canadians to learn Chinese culture and the youth of two countries to enhance communication, so that they are able to jointly push forward the development of China-Canada relations and promote the friendship between China and Canada.
After the competition, Xu Weiya, Education Consul of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto and other guests taking a photo with judges and competitors.
Mike Britton, City Councilor of St. Catharines said that he is delighted to see these young competitors’ enthusiasm for learning Chinese, and this shows exactly the diverse culture of Canada.
Marti Ford, Education Director from Manitoba said that in the speech session that competitors talked about their dreams, which was brilliant; while in the talent show, she was impressed by the competitors’ combination of modern techniques with traditional Chinese arts in their own ways.
Li Jingyu, Director of the Confucius Institute at Brock University described the competition as “amazing” and “touching”. She said, “Competitors this year is twice as many as that last year, and are more proficient in Chinese, which means it is harder to win the laurel.”
Li Jingyu said, “There are not many Chinese in St. Catherines, but the enrollment of the Confucius Institute has been increasing year by year, showing the increasingly strong promotional effort of Chinese culture are taking effect.”
When asked about the feeling of learning Chinese after the competition, the champion Daniel Cressman answered the journalist with a quote from his speech, “At first I learn Chinese only for fun, and then I find pleasure in it. In the future, I hope that the Canadians around me will know more about Chine because of me.”