Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

CI at SFSU Successfully Hosted 3rd Annual San Jose- Silicon Valley Chinese Star Contest

       October 15th, 2016, at Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (SF State) and SCCOE successfully cohosted 3rd Annual San Jose- Silicon Valley Chinese Star Contest for K-12 Students sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters /Hanban and Education Office of Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco. 529 contestants registered for 6 contests in Chinese Brush Calligraphy, Pen Calligraphy, Painting/drawing, Chinese Poetry Recital, Mandarin Speech, and Video Project. All participating students from 159 day-time schools and 49 after-school programs/Chinese schools across the Bay Area were attracted to this great annual event and made it a great success.

       This annual contest was greatly valued by Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco, Bay Area schools and families from all language backgrounds. Education Counselor Jun YANG, Consuls ZENG Yang and Yang ZHANG observed the event and highly appreciated the outstanding achievements by the students and recognized the contributions and efforts made by all volunteer judges and staff from SF State and SCCOE.

       With this marvelous opportunity, participants of different ages demonstrated their Chinese language proficiency and culture skills in learning Chinese language and culture in classroom and beyond.

       Participants of Chinese Brush Calligraphy and Chinese Pen Calligraphy contests amazed the judges with their in-depth understanding of traditional Chinese culture.

       Contestants of Painting/Drawing contest showed their imaginative interpretation on diverse topics such as world peace and cultural diversity.

       The room for Chinese Poetry Recital contest attracted audience because participants impressed all the judges and parents with strong emotion and unbelievable fluency.

       As for the Mandarin Speech contest, students of different ages shared their intriguing stories on the topic of personal hobbies. One contestant shared her obsession with traditional Chinses musical instrument erhu, and another one shared his pride and happiness to study and promote China–United States relations as a Chinese-American.

       Not only did students enjoy this great opportunity of demonstration and sharing, but also parents were pleased to witness the impressive performance of their children. They all took pictures on the contest site after the event was over and they felt grateful for Confucius Institute at SF State to provide such an excellent chance for their children to show their Chinese language skills and understanding of Chinese culture. According to many parents, this contest motivate their kids to continue learning Chinese language and culture, and they highly expect to encourage their kids to take challenge in the 4th Chinese Star Contest next year.

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