Confucius Institute at SF State Successfully Hosts 17th Chinese Bridge Competition for College Students in Northern California - Celebrating UN Language Day as CI Open House Day

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University [Time]    2018-04-28 11:14:08 
 

The Confucius Institute at SF State celebrated the UN International Language Day as CI Open House Day to the public on Saturday, April 21st, 2018, inviting students, teachers, family members and supporters from 5 colleges/universities and communities to participate in 17th “Chinese Bridge” - Northern California Preliminary Competition. All participants enjoyed this special Chinse language and culture competition on UN International Language Day. They also experienced Chinese culture exhibitions: Chinese books, calligraphy demonstration, paper cut arts, and world languages performance.

SF State campus was filled with “One World, One Family” spirit and immersed in the Chinese language and culture. Together we are working to help people to better understand each other, building a peaceful bridge to connect people from different places around the world! All participants are sharing Confucius Institute stories, expecting for more opportunities to celebrate Chinese language and culture will the Confucius Institutes!

The United Nations Department of Public Information announced the launch of the United Nations Language Day in 2010. This new initiative aims to celebrate the use of multilingualism and cultural diversity. Among them, the Department of Public Information set the day of Chinese Language in the “Guyu” of the 24th in order to commemorate the contribution of “Culture of the Chinese ancestor” Cang Jie’s creation of the word. To celebrate this holiday, on April 21st, the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University hosted the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for college Students Preliminary Contest in Northern California in the form of Confucius Institute Open Day. The contestants, teachers, and parents of students from five universities to enjoy the wonderful speeches and talent shows of university students.


The judges and participants preparing for the Chinese Bridge- Chinese proficiency competition

The theme of the Chinese Bridge - "One World, One family" carries the concept in Chinese culture for a long history and is the basic cultural gene of the Chinese nation. The “Confucian Analects” emphasizes “All Men Are Brothers”. The contestants from five colleges/universities in Northern California made powerful Mandarin speeches to speak out their understanding of "home", their dream for 10 years form today, their belonging to a harmonious family. They shared their stories in their daily life and expectation for a better and peaceful world.


In the Chinese speech session, the participant telling the touching stories with his grandmother, father and mother.

Cultural talent shows, from Peking Opera, Chinese songs to Chinese traditional dances and musical instruments, the contestants showed their language proficiency and cultural skills. Ni Fan from SF State sang a piece of Peking opera from "Mu Guiying”. Yang Xiao, who also came from SF State, sang the Chinese version of "Time to Say Goodbye". Her performance was comparable to that of a professional singer, eliciting continuous applause from the scene.


Ms Renzhu Li,Consul of the education group of the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, presenting the award to the first prize winner, Kira Kondrakova(Xiao Yang)

The competition came to the end with an Award Ceremony. The judges recommended ten winners, including the first, second, third place winners, special Awards for the Best Eloquence, Best Talent Award, and Best Organizing University. The event not only inspired local college students’ confidence and expectations for the future, but also helped them understand the importance of learning different languages ​​and cultures.

The Confucius Institutes are opening to the campus community and local schools in providing resources and services for bilingual education and multicultural exchanges. Confucius Institute at SF State will continue to play a unique role as a Research and Service Organization in offering high quality Chinese language and culture programs.


Winners, Judges, and Supporters

 
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