Confucius Institute at SF State – A Platform for Chinese Language & Culture Competition

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University,CA,USA [Time]    2019-05-02 16:24:20 

On Sunday, April 21st, 2019, the Confucius Institute at SF State successfully hosted 18th “Chinese Bridge” - Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students: Northern California Preliminary Contest Together with all Confucius Institutes around the world, CI at SF State celebrated the UN Chinese Language Day as CI Open House Day to the public. 23 students recommended by their instructors from SF State, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Diablo Valley College and Butte College participated in this event. The host also invited Chinese language teachers, family members and community supporters to observe. All participants enjoyed this special Chinese language and culture competition, communicating and interacting with the host and contestants and sharing their experiences and stories about learning Chinese language and culture.

Renzhu Li from Chinese Consulate in San Francisco giving remarks

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 unit people from different places around the world. All contestants are sharing Confucius Institute stories, expecting for more opportunities to celebrate Chinese language and culture with CI!

Chinese Director Liping Feng as MC for the competition

“One World, One Family” - the theme of the Chinese Competition – carries the concept in Chinese culture for a long history and is the basic cultural gene of the Chinese people. This coincides with “All Men Are Brothers” from the “Confucian Analects”. All contestants from five colleges/universities in Northern California made well-prepared Mandarin speeches to speak out their understanding of "home", their dreams for 10 years from today, their belonging to a harmonious family. They shared their heart-touched stories in their daily life and expectation for a better and more peaceful world.

Bakari Smith telling the story of his family

Cultural talent shows, from Chinese traditional dances to Chinese poetry recital, the contestants showed their language proficiency and cultural skills. Laura Anderson, a student from Butte College, showed us a very excellent Chinese traditional dance – The Legend of the White Snake. Her performance was comparable to that a professional dancer, eliciting continuous applause from the scene. Bakari Smith, a senior student from Stanford University, selected two Chinese poems to recite. Standardized pronunciation and vivid posture showed his proficiency in Chinese.

Laura Anderson performing Chinese traditional dance

To celebrate the UN Chinese Language Day, CI let everyone feel the charm of Chinese from both horizontal and vertical dimensions. First of all, all the viewers watched a video related to the history of Chinese characters. Then, the teachers from CI used their own dialect to dub the American drama, which was lively and interesting. The audience really felt the richness of Chinese dialects. Followed by the knowledge of “Chinese” and “Confucius Institute”. At the end of the competition, all the contestants sang “The Same Song” together, pushing the atmosphere to a climax.

Director Jiaxin Xie presenting The Best Organization Prize to Prof. Sheree Lin from Diablo Valley College

Group Photo of some of the winners

Contestants, judges, and supporters

The Confucius Institute – a Chinese language and culture bridge, has been served the campus community and local schools in providing resources and services for bilingual education and multicultural exchanges. CI 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.


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