The Confucius Institute Held 19th "Chinese Bridge" Competition Online
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Dean of FALE, Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate issues certificate and prizes to champion Sharon Levula (right) and second prize winner Yashna Nand (left)
On May 20, 2020, the qualifying competition for the 19th "Chinese Bridge"- Fiji division rounded off in Suva through online form. This was hosted by the Embassy of the P. R. China in Fiji and co-organised by the Confucius Institute
at The University of the South Pacific
Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's competition could not be conducted on stage. The Organising Committee decided to select eight candidates by online Q&A session and video submission.
The participants joined this competition to showcase their Chinese Language proficiency and knowledge on culture.
The champion, Sharon Levula will get the opportunity to travel to China to compete in the final with candidates from universities around the world once COVID -19 Pandemic situation eases. She also got a scholarship to study for half a year at a Chinese university.
The second prize winner, Yashna Nand got the chance to travel to China as an observer to learn from other candidates.
The competition was divided into three parts: Q & A, speech and talent display. On 14 May, the Organising Committee used ZOOM to connect the 8 candidates from Laucala and Lautoka Campus
es. The Organising Committee also arranged the question numbers, and the candidates chose one question number to answer. The questions in the Q & A session covered China's national conditions, Fijian culture, and cross-cultural communication.
The candidates recorded their speech on the theme of "One World, One Family" and they recounted their Chinese language learning story and their fortunes with Chinese language, showing immense talent.
The "Chinese Bridge" builds a bridge for the Chinese youth learners around the world to communicate with Chinese culture. CI-USP also undertakes the responsibility of promoting the benign cultural intersection between China and Fiji. CI-USP has been undertaking the “Chinese Bridge” competition for seven times. The undertaking of the "Chinese Bridge" not only provided Chinese language learners in Fiji with a platform to demonstrate their own Chinese learning achievements, but also built a bridge for in-depth cultural exchange between the young generation of China and Fiji.
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