April 10th marked the 9th Annual FIU Chinese Speech and Skit Contest, which took place at the SIPA Auditorium. Students of many nationalities from all across South Florida participated in the event. They ranged from children to adults, beginners to heritage speakers, and, of course, nervous to confident. More than 100 students, teachers, and judges represented nearly two dozen institutions, along with over 50 of our own FIU students and Chinese Department professors.
Contestants began taking the stage to present their speeches, giving family members and peers many remarkable performances. Attendees were served delicious traditional Chinese food for lunch. Afterwards, students presented entertaining skits, ranging from cute to comical. The audience was also honored with the voice of the famous China singer A Zheng, son of music producer Mr. Feng Tian, who gave a beautiful exposition of his music. At the closing ceremony, winners excitedly walked to the stage to receive their certificate and gifts to commemorate their achievement.
This event was a great opportunity for Chinese language learners to apply what they had learned and become involved in the growing community of students learning Mandarin. The Contest was hosted by and funded in part through the FIU Chinese Club with the support of CSO. The Club also hosts and participates in several events throughout the year to celebrate festivals and competitions, enriching the learning experience of our students. This provides educators a dynamic way to immerse students in not only the language, but also the culture of China.
FIU is proud to be one of few institutions in South Florida to offer a range of courses about Chinese language and culture. The credits earned will fulfill the requirements to receive a Certificate in Chinese Studies, a Certificate in Asian Studies and/or Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, and a Chinese Area Studies Major offered through the Institute for Asian Studies. In addition, the FIU Chinese Language and Culture Program also offers Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi or the HSK Test, which is a Chinese proficiency test.