Youngsters proud to take 'bridge' to China

By CHANG JUN in San Francisco | China Daily Global | Updated: 2023-05-29 10:59
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Contestants at the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for foreign students in elementary and middle schools on Saturday take a group picture at China's San Francisco Consulate General. Joining in the picture are six finalists, Zhang Jianmin, China's consul general (second row in black suit), deputy consul general Zou Yonghong (4th from left, second row), education consul Tang Jun (5th from right, second row), judges, parents and friends of contestants. PHOTO BY CHANG JUN / CHINA DAILY

Zakhar Likuev, a 10-year-old from the Hope Chinese Charter School in Oregon, fluently recited the Three Character Classic, commonly known as San Zi Jing, which highlights Confucian morality and wisdom.

Likuev, who waved a red ribbon and tapped his feet to the beat, was among the six American K-12 finalists on Saturday who showcased their proficiency in Chinese language and culture. They competed for two seats in the International "Chinese Bridge" Finals this summer in Beijing.

According to Tang Jun, the education consul at the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, the six have defeated about 1,000 peers in earlier state-level preliminaries from Oregon, North Carolina, Minnesota, California and beyond, and represent the highest-level product of Chinese language and culture studies in the US.

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