STUDENT competitors of Australia-China Youth Association Victoria’s Bilingual Language Competition faced off on September 22 with only two finalists emerging as winners that evening. Hieu Chau has the story.
Students Inez Zheng and Andrea Du have emerged as winners at this year’s edition of the Australia-China Youth Association Victoria’s Bilingual Language Competition (ACYA VIC BLC).
The Grand Finale, which took place in the evening on September 22 at the University of Melbourne’s Carrillo Gatner Theatre, saw student competitors present speeches on two different topics, one in Mandarin and the other in English, in front of an audience and panel of judges.
Topics covered on the evening included Chinese tourism in Australia, cultural icons, the ubiquity of gaming culture within China and the importance of studying Chinese languages.
Intermediate level winner Inez Zheng’s speeches centred on food, with her focus on Chongqing cuisine and herbal Chinese tea earning clear praise from judges.
Meanwhile, Advanced level winner Andrea Du spoke about the possibilities of having Chinese as the next global language and her appreciation of the Butterfly Lovers, a Chinese folktale reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Contestants were also required to answer questions from judges and the audience as well. If the question was asked in Mandarin, students were required to reply in English and translate what the question was. The same applied for questions asked in English which would be answered in Mandarin.
Both winners received prizes which included a cash prize scholarship and interviews on SBS Radio (Mandarin).