Commemorating the Eighth Chinese Language Day with the theme "One World One Family", the Mandarin Language Center, State University of Malang (UM) held another speech and talent show competition on Saturday (7/3) in the Hall of the Faculty of Letters, UM. These two competitions were held to commemorate the eighth Chinese Language Day. The duration of the Mandarin Speech Contest is approximately 90 seconds for each performance, while the talent show competition includes writing Chinese or Hanze writing using native ink from there.
The morning program opened with a performance of the Molihua dance, which was performed by a Chinese Language Study Program student. Evi Eliyana, SS, MA, Ph.D., Director of International Relations of UM in his speech said that the commemoration of the eighth Mandarin Language Day aims to promote Chinese culture and as a bridge of friendship. He also explained that the theme "One World One Family" is a patent theme every year.
In this activity, participant selection was also carried out to take part in the Mandarin speech competition combined with skills at the East Java level. "Children who can take part in the competition selection to East Java are only students of the Mandarin Education study program," said Nadya Nafisah as the chief executive. Later, the eight best participants will be selected directly selected by lecturers from China. Furthermore, this competition is free of charge. In addition to getting cash and certificates, participants can borrow costumes for the talent show free of charge for Chinese Language Education study program students, but for non-study students, they are subject to a rental fee of IDR 20,000. This year the number of participants who took part in both competitions was 40 participants, 12 participants from the Mandarin Speech Competition and the rest was a talent show competition. If last year this competition was devoted to Chinese language study program students, this year nonprodi students can take part in these two competitions for free.
At the end of the event the committee announced the winners of each competition. Each competition takes five categories of winners, namely 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, hope and potential. In addition, all participants also received awards from the organizers. "The Mandarin Center can always appreciate all participants," said Nadya. The jury assessed that the two competitions came from several universities that are members of the Mandarin Language Center, including staff from the Mandarin Language Center UM, Brawijaya University, and Ma Chung University. "Hopefully, the next year the participants will increase, the ability to speak Mandarin will increase, and the enthusiasm of the participants will also continue to increase, because by participating in the Mandarin language competition, competition awards can be used as provisions when applying for jobs after graduation," concluded Nadya.