The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) has successfully held the “Chinese Bridge” primary and secondary student preliminary Chinese proficiency contests for Southwest region

March 17, 2017

On March 17th, the curtain for the annual Chinese Bridge competition slowly opened. Representatives from CIUA, Isabella Flores (a Confucius Classroom Accelerated Learning Laboratory student) and Nico Miller (student from BASIS Tucson North), went to San Diego to attend the “Chinese Bridge” primary and secondary student preliminary Chinese proficiency contest for Southwest US region. It was hosted by the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles and co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of San Diego (CIUSD). Nico Miller won third place in the high school division and his teacher, Ms. Meihui Liu, was very proud.

On March 6th, CIUA held the “Chinese Bridge” primary and secondary student preliminary Chinese proficiency contest for Southwest region. There were a total 7 contestants from local Confucius Classrooms and Chinese teaching sites, including the Accelerated Learning School, BASIS Tucson North School, and other schools. During the speaking section, they invariably chose the "I want to go to China" theme, but used different angles to tell their own yearning and desire to go to China. During the Q & A session, students showed a full understanding of Chinese language and culture. In the talent show, students tried their best. There were many different talents ranging from a performance on the Chinese national musical instrument, Ruan also known as Moon guitar, to a creative interpretation of the popular song “small apple”, to an interpretation of the Chinese song "the moon on behalf of my heart" on the Western cello, and many other Chinese songs.

The students were very attentive throughout the competition. They all carefully prepared their own performance piece, hoping to make it to the next round and have the opportunity to visit China. The two finalists definitely stood out and made it to the next round. Unfortunately, the students who didn't qualify, although they were sad to leave, they said they will continue to study Chinese and look forward to next year’s competition. From this preliminary round, we can get a glimpse at the American children's interest in not only the Chinese language and culture, but the future of Chinese international education as well.