Language bridge connects overseas students in China
Updated: 2016-12-05

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Contestants and teachers from Donghua University in Shanghai pose for a group photo at the First "Hua Xia Cup" Chinese Speech Contest held at New York University Shanghai on Nov 19. [Photo provided to]

The finals of the first "Hua Xia Cup" Chinese Speech Contest, held by New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) on the theme of "the traditional and the modern", drew to a close on Nov 19.

After receiving more than 120 applications during the two-month submission period starting from late August, 33 contestants from 16 countries were selected to compete in the final, including 12 in beginners level, 10 in intermediate and 11 in advanced.

In addition to local universities like NYU Shanghai, East China Normal University and Donghua University, the contest also attracted attendees from neighboring cities, such as Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou and Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan.

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Elementary-level competitor Khalbinur Zhuman from Kazakhstan discusses the changes that have taken place in Kazakh culture, society and education in the last 25 years. [Photo provided to]

The contestants earnestly shared their stories, such as elementary-level competitor Khalbinur Zhuman from Kazakhstan, who discussed the changes that have taken place in Kazakh culture, society and education in the last 25 years and called for the protection and development of the traditional.

Advanced-level contestant Mehmod Arslan used the differences between the use of letters in ancient and modern China as a jumping-off point to explore how the media we use to communicate can profoundly influence our inner lives. The first-prize winner even quoted some famous Chinese poets!

Finally, five winners from each group were selected, with one first prize and two second and third prizes being awarded.

"Just open your mouth, and you will know how excellent you are," said Zhang Qiyi, an official from NYU Shanghai at the contest.

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Advanced-level contestant Mehmod Arslan, who went on to win first prize, talks about the uses of letters in ancient and modern China. [Photo provided to]

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