The Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific (CI-USP) in Fiji has held the “Chinese Bridge” competition online which was attended by eight candidates.
Yang Hui, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the USP told Xinhua on Thursday that this year’s “Chinese Bridge” competition could not be conducted on stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizing committee decided to select among the candidates by online Q&A session and video submission.
“We have to hold this year’s competition online just because of COVID-19. And we are very glad that we have had a very successful competition that was attended by eight wonderful candidates,” she said.
The qualifying competition for the 19th “Chinese Bridge” Fiji division, hosted by the Chinese embassy and co-organized by the CI-USP, concluded in the Fijian capital Suva on Thursday, with Sharon Levula winning the first prize. She will represent the Fiji division to participate in the 19th “Chinese Bridge” competition in China.
Yashna Nand won the second prize and gained the opportunity to go to China to observe the 19th “Chinese Bridge” competition. Dean of Faculty of Arts, Law and Education USP Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate issued the certificates and prizes to the champion and the second prize winner.
Yang believed that the “Chinese Bridge” can be seen as “a bridge of culture and friendship” that will help the young Chinese learners around the world know the Chinese culture and strengthen the friendship between the Chinese and the peoples across the world.
“The undertaking of the ‘Chinese Bridge’ not only provides Chinese language learners in Fiji with a platform to demonstrate their own Chinese learning achievements, but also builds a bridge for in-depth cultural exchange between the young generation of China and Fiji,” she said.