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Consulate General Held the 2019 "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students

On May 4th, Consulate General held the 18th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students. Twenty contestants recommended by Confucius Institutes in the Consulate Region participated in the competition. Consul General Huang Ping attended the competition and presented awards to the winners. Deputy Consul General Zhao Yumin, Wang Lei, and Qian Jin, as well as Education Counselor Yang Jun, attended the competition. About 150 guests including contestants' relatives and friends, representatives of Confucius Institutes, and teachers and students from several colleges watched the competition and cheered for the contestants.

In his speech, Huang Ping indicated that Chinese is a time-honored and beautiful language as well as an increasingly practical and important skill. Learning Chinese well will not only open doors to experience and understand China but also contribute to the mutual understanding and exchanges between China and the United States through participation in global development. Today, with closer exchanges and cooperation between the two nations in the economy, trade, humanities, and other fields, it is the right time to learn Chinese and understand China. We hope that the students could continue to learn Chinese well and become young ambassadors to promote and maintain friendly relations between China and the United States.

Being full of strong interest and special feelings in learning Chinese and Chinese culture, the contestants gave speeches with multiple topics such as <My Chinese Dream><Taking a Walk with My Chinese Friend><Hot Chengdu><To Understand the World's Harmony through the Eye of Kindness and Love> and <Attached to Chinese while Connected to the World>. They also presented fantastic talent shows like Peking Opera performance, calligraphy and painting, Pipa solo, singing pop songs, self-compiled rap, and Chinese poetry recitation. All of the contestants showed their passion for the Chinese language and culture and their learning outcomes through the competition.

After exciting competitions, Zachary Zellner from Turpin High School in Ohio, Adelaide Justice Mykel From Columbus High School for Girls, and Hannah Elias from Jackson High School won the first, second, and third prizes respectively in the middle school students' group.

Arthur Krau from State University of New York at Binghamton, Aaron Bonneau from the University of New Hampshire, and Gideon May from Tufts University won the first, second, and third prizes respectively in the college students' group.

According to the rules of "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition, these students will represent the Consulate Region to participate in the rematch and final of the 18th "Chinese Bridge" Global Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students and the 12th "Chinese Bridge" Global Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students. They also have the opportunity to obtain a scholarship to study in China in the future.

The competition invited senior Chinese language teachers from public high schools in New York City and New Jersey to serve as judges and receives support from China Telecom Americas and Bank of China, New York branch. Contestants, judges, and audiences all agree that the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition became more and more exciting year by year, and the level and ability of the competitors improved year by year. It is believed that under the encouragement of "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition and the joint efforts of all industries of society, more and more excellent young people will fell in love with Chinese culture and work hard to learn Chinese so that they could become the backbone of the communication of Chinese language and culture, the promotion of cultural exchanges between China and the United States, and the steady development of bilateral relations one day.

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