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Posted: Friday Mar 16, 2012

March 16, 2012

Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts and The James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center will host the Third Chinese Bridge Northeastern United States Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in the Foundations Room in Placid Hall on campus.

The Confucius Institute-sponsored event is under the direction of Dr. Tingting Guo, Saint Vincent College’s Hanban professor and Chinese director of the University of Pittsburgh Confucius Institute and Dr. Tina Philips Johnson, director of Saint Vincent College’s Chinese Study Program. Judges for the competition are Dr. Huili Zheng of Saint Vincent College, Dr. Yueming Yu of Carnegie Mellon University and Dr. Rae Yang of Dickinson College.

The competition is open to all non-Chinese students under the age of 30 from colleges and universities in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Students who have studied Chinese for one or two years are eligible for the junior level contest. Students who have studied for more than two years will compete at the senior level. More than 40 participants have registered to compete.

The contest content will include Chinese language proficiency, Chinese talent and knowledge of China. Judging will be based on expression, literary beauty, stage manner, artistic quality and difficulty of performance and understanding of knowledge of China.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded for each level in this preliminary competition. Finalists will compete at the national level at Pace University in New York on April 7. Those winners will have an opportunity to participate in the 11th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition as representatives from the United States northeast region to be held in China in July 2012.

Further details, registration form and contest rules are available from Dr. Tina Philips Johnson, assistant professor of history at Saint Vincent College and director of Saint Vincent College’s China Studies Program, 724 805-2342.


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