Chinese Speech Contest

Chinese 101 : Chinese Speech Contest

Instructor: Weizhi Gao
November 14, 2012

On a short notice, nine students from Chinese 101 and one from a former class stepped onto the stage with courage to recite poems, sing songs, and reflect on Chinese history and, for some, on their newfound cultural heritage. From start to finish, they took less than two weeks to prepare for this nerve-wracking performance. Since not everybody was on the same page, the contest was divided into two panels: non-heritage learners and heritage/advanced learners to be fair with all the contestants.

students in class posing for a photo

Contestants from left to right: Kyle Mery, Estevao or Steven Silveira, Tyrille Viriyincy, Emma Clithero-Michaels, Jadi Lu, Carter Lim, Ellen Ta, Soracha Bunjirdpitapon, Helena Widjaja, Nicole Gonzalez

This event was part of the International Education (IE) Week Celebration co-sponsored by Global Initiative & International Student Service. Most instrumental were Nancy Will (Undergraduate Learning/Office of Academic Affairs) and Zhuxiao Deng (Chinese Student Association).