On June 13-14, the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide hosted the regional Preliminary Finals for 6th annual China Bridge (汉语桥) competition. “My Chinese Dream” was the theme for the 2013 competition and the finals featured 19 contestants from secondary schools throughout ACT, NT, SA and WA.
Sponsored by the China Embassy in Canberra with support from the HKABA (SA), the China Bridge Competition is an event held worldwide to promote Chinese language learning and cultural literacy to school students across the globe.
The competition was divided into 3 sections; a written test and speech on the 13th and a cultural performance on the 14th accounting for 25%, 50% and 25% of the total marks respectively.
Opened to public on the 14th for the performance component and presentation of the best speeches, an estimated 300 guests and VIP’s came; the majority being local SA schoolchildren all inspired to take up the cause to learn Chinese language and culture.
Proceedings commenced with the official opening by Professor Mobo Gao of the Confucius Institute of Adelaide University and Pro-Vice Chancellor International, Professor Kent Anderson followed by a speech from Mr. Li Zhongshang from the Education Attaché of the China Embassy in Australia.
From performances of traditional Chinese dances and songs, to live demonstrations of Chinese cooking, art and crafts, the student contestants all entertained the enthusiastic crowd at Bonython Hall. The speeches given by the some selected students in Mandarin Chinese were of a very high quality and many had to do with their own, personal Chinese Dream.
After an intermission of some guest performers, the judges led by Dr. Zhang Ning came back from their deliberations and awarded the 1st prize to Isaiah Luc of St. Peters College in South Australia. Isaiah shall be the representative contestant for the ACT, NT, SA, WA region for the international finals to be held in China later this year and the first and second runners up shall also attend as observers. The rest of the contestants also received a scholarship from Hanban to go towards their future studies of China.
Congratulations to Isaiah from everyone at the Confucius Institute, and we wish you all the best for the global finals.