The “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Speech Contest for University and College Students in British Columbia is held once a year, usually in March. It aims to stimulate Chinese learners’ enthusiasm and to enhance their understanding of the Chinese languages and Chinese culture.
According to the contest’s regulations, all college and university students in British Columbia whose first language is not Mandarin are allowed to register. The topic of the contest is chosen by the “Chinese Bridge” organizing committee. All contestants’ speeches must be given in Mandarin and must be based on the given topic. The contest is currently divided into five groups: (1) Non-Heritage Speakers (Elementary Level), (2) Non-Heritage Speakers (Lower-Intermediate Level), (3) Non-Heritage Speakers (Intermediate Level), (4) Non-Heritage Speakers (Advanced Level), (5) Chinese Heritage Speakers. Each group will be vying for the first prize, second prize and the third prize. Every contestant will be awarded a certificate of participation, while all winners will be awarded certificates and prizes. The winners will also have a chance to be selected to go to China for the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students.
BC “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Speech Contest has become a popular event for Chinese learners in the province over the past ten years. There have been in average 66 contestants every year participating in this event, which has continuously attracted local media’s attention, including OMNI and Xinhua News Agency. Furthermore, the contest is recognized and welcomed by a big number of Chinese teachers and learners. In recent years, the BC selected contestants have earned prestigious awards in the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, such as the Grand Prize and the “Chinese Ambassador” title in 2008, the third prize in 2009 and first prize in 2010.