NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Hosts Regional Finals of Competition in Knowledge of Chinese Language and Culture for Prizes of Trips to Beijing

On Saturday, April 23, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, approximately 25 non-Chinese contestants will try to impress Chinese judges with knowledge of the world’s most-spoken language and its culture.

2nd Annual Chinese Bridge East USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students; Celebrating Chinese Culture and Language Education

Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10 AM-4 PM, Pace University Schimmel Center for the Arts, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY

Media Contact:

Cara Cea, Pace Public Information, 914-773-3312, cell 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

NEW YORK, NY, April 21, 2011 – On Saturday, April 23, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, approximately 25 non-Chinese contestants will try to impress Chinese judges with knowledge of the world’s most-spoken language and its culture.

They will give speeches in Chinese, perform Chinese songs and dances, demonstrate paper cuts, calligraphy, and martial arts, and answer questions China – past and present.

The winners will get a chance to compete against contestants from around the world in a final round this summer in Beijing, all expenses paid, where they could win scholarships to study in China for a semester.

The event is free and open to the public. The auditorium is located at 3 Spruce Street, just east of City Hall. Please contact alurio@pace.edu or call 212-346-1686 for free tickets.

Media admission by press pass.

The competition is the 10th annual “Chinese Bridge,” officially known as the Greater New York Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students. It is hosted by the Confucius Institute at Pace University and sponsored by Hanban, the nonprofit organization organized by the Chinese government to spread knowledge of Chinese language and culture around the world.

Saturday’s competitors have risen to the top of an original field of approximately 85 contestants from preliminary rounds held earlier this month at New York University and Ohio State. The initial entrants came from over 13 countries including the US, England, Germany, Spain, Korea and Japan. They are studying at 32 universities ranging from Penn State and Princeton to the University of Akron and SUNY Binghamton.

Roughly a third of the regional finalists will be chosen for the final round.

Opened in 2009, the Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based Confucius Institute in New York City and one of 60 in the US and nearly 300 around the world created by China to spread knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

Confucius Open House
April 29, 2011, 12:00-4:00PM, Student Union, 1 Pace Plaza, NYC Campus

Including tours of the Confucius Institute, a hands-on demonstration of calligraphy with world renowned expert Dr. Bin Zhou, a full breathing and body Qi Gong workout with master Xueming Bao, a presentation about our Chinese Classes, refreshments, and more.

About the Pace Confucius Institute

The competitions are among the first events arranged by the Confucius Institute at Pace. It expects to inaugurate Chinese language classes for both students and professional groups; encourage interdisciplinary scholarship on China through collaborate research, conferences and public lectures; develop innovative teaching and learning techniques and institutional exchanges, integrate study of China into Pace University’s liberal arts and professional curricula, and sponsor seminars for professionals in business, education, film and theater.

Its budget is contributed in equal shares by Pace, Hanban, and the Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, one of China’s largest media conglomerates. PPMG has sent executives to Pace’s graduate publishing program since 2007.

About Pace University

For 105 years Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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