Poetry recital a new way for international students to experience China
Updated: 2017-11-30

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Foreign students studying in Shanghai participate in the 2017 Chinese poetry recital contest on Nov 19. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

Foreigners have historically found the Chinese language one the most difficult to learn, but thanks to a Chinese poetry recital contest for foreigners studying in Shanghai, many have found new ways to demonstrate both their proficiency and the rich emotive qualities of the language.

After the event opened with dragon dances and Sichuan Opera shows, individual and group contestants from 34 countries and regions recited a variety of poems, captivating the audience with their eloquence.

The contestants' clear articulation, expressive body language and creative performances earned them praise and applause from the audience, who appreciated their dedication to Chinese culture.

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A Thai student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University performs at the Chinese poetry recital contest on Nov 19. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]

At the competition's end, students from Tongji University and Shanghai University were awarded individual first prizes, while Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University were awarded first prize in the group contest.

Since its launch this July, the contest has attracted some 200 overseas students from 19 local colleges who have performed at 97 recital showcases.

The event's growing popularity online – it is now supported by more than 100,000 students, teachers and foreigners – also reflects the younger generation's increasing interest in and understanding of China and its culture.

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Overseas students from Shanghai Polytechnic University make final preparations for their recital. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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The trophy and certificate awarded to the individual first prize winner. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

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