Intl students' Chinese stories warm up Tongji
Updated: 2018-01-09

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Tongji University in Shanghai holds a Chinese speaking contest for its international students on Dec 29, 2017, attracting over 200 Chinese and foreign spectators. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

Tongji University in Shanghai held a Chinese speaking contest on Dec 29, 2017, encouraging its international students to share their Chinese stories and colorful connections.

Initiated on the campus two weeks ago, the elimination stage has gained warm response from the students, and among the over 40 participants, some are fluent Chinese language speakers, while others have also been enthusiastic towards Chinese culture for years.

At the final year-end contest, 10 students from countries of Cambodia, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, shared their Chinese stories with over 200 Chinese and foreign spectators.

The Vietnamese youngster Chen Zhongde (Chinese name), a preppy at Tongji's International School, explained his understanding of filial piety, the cultural tradition handed down by Chinese people for centuries.

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Chen Zhongde (Chinese name) from Vietnam explains his understanding of filial piety, the cultural tradition handed down by Chinese people for centuries. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

"Just as parents are role models for their children, I've also learned a lot from my mother," the young man said.

Chen described his mother as a tenacious woman who has shouldered the burden of the entire family, guided him through the tough days, and also laid a deep positive impression on him.

"My mother will always be my role model," Chen added.

His sincere feelings, fluent Chinese, along with his understanding of China and Tongji, landed him the second prize.

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A Liang (Chinese) from Kyrgyzstan impresses the spectators with a fluent Chinese idiom toungue twister. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

Chen's classmate A Liang (Chinese name) from Kyrgyzstan won the third prize after impressing the spectators with a fluent Chinese idiom toungue twister.

He said he fell in love with Chinese culture since childhood and has since started learning Chinese.

"I appreciate Confucius very much, his analects have helped and guided tremendously," Liang said.

Now as a fluent speaker and enthusiast of Chinese history and culture, Liang wishes to take advantage of his language proficiency and become a cultural and economic "convoy" between China and Kyrgyzstan in the future.

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Judges and contestants pose for a group photo. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

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