Monash Chinese Studies students win first and second places in language competition

Tristan McCarthy and Sean-Hyatt
Tristan McCarthy and Sean-Hyatt

Two of Chinese Studies’ students, Sean Hyatt and Tristan McCarthy, recently won the first and second places respectively at the 15th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students.

The competition was held at La Trobe University on the 21st May 2016, and the Monash students were competing against other contestants from the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, La Trobe University and RMIT University.

Sean and Tristan’s speeches and performances were highly praised by the judging panel and the audience. Apart from their speeches in Mandarin, Sean played the role of an Australian tour guide promoting Australian lifestyle, such as sports, entertainment, and education to the Chinese tourists, whilst Tristan recited a classical Chinese poetry written by one of the greatest Chinese ancient poets.

As non-Chinese background students, Sean and Tristan started their learning of Chinese language from the unit ATS1001-Chinese Introductory with Monash Chinese Studies Program. Sean is currently studying Arts (majoring in Chinese) and Tristan is studying Aerospace Engineering with the Faculty of Science (he has already completed a Chinese major in 2015).

Assistant Lecturer in Chinese Studies, Hui Xu, said she was proud of the students and the Chinese Studies team, and she thanked the teachers and staff who had helped train and support the students in their years at Monash.

This July Sean and Tristan will travel to Changsha (capital city of Hunan Province, China) where they will compete in the final stage of this competition as representatives of all Victorian universities.

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