Earlham sweeps 12th annual Indiana Chinese Language Competition
May 01, 2018
Earlhamites swept the 2018 Indiana Chinese Language Competition held earlier this month at the Confucius Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
The students won every award given out in both the intermediate and advanced levels of competition, which tested mastery in word recognition and speech. Students from Butler University, Ball State University, Indiana University and the host institution also competed.
“This was our first time competing and none of our students even qualified as beginners,” says Ying Liu, an assistant professor of Chinese at Earlham. “While I was very confident in my students’ abilities, I didn’t know how they would fare against students from the other colleges and universities. It was definitely a nice surprise seeing them win all the prizes.”
Hyunseong Ahn ’21 placed first in Level 3 (advanced), Alexandra Latham ’21 finished second and Evelyn Broscious ’19 finished third. In Level 2 (intermediate) competition, Duong Nguyen ’20 won first, Dung Kate Nguyen ’21 finished second, and Francesca Marsh ’21 was third. Lucy McAfee ’21 also earned a participation prize.
“My classes really prepared me for this competition,” says Ahn, a Biochemistry major from Korea who also lived in China and, more recently, North Carolina before coming to Earlham. “My Chinese was a bit rusty, but Ying’s classes and the daily vocabulary quizzes she gave us really prepared me for this competition.”
Ahn set a record during the word recognition portion of the competition, where he identified 62 words within 2 minutes, more than double the other contestants.
“Participating in this competition made me even more interested in learning about Chinese language and culture,” Ahn says. “The speech portion of the competition also let me talk about my experiences living in China and that brought back fond memories.
“I really believe that I’ll have more opportunities after Earlham because I can speak Chinese fluently,” he says. “I can also add one more line to the resume.”
In recent years, Earlham has devoted significant resources to expand opportunities for faculty to incorporate China and Chinese studies into the curriculum. Earlham offers a minor in Chinese Studies but many courses of study across the curriculum include Chinese content, including Religion, Politics, History, and Literature, among others.
Off-campus study, research and cultural exploration in China is also available as part of the curriculum. With continued funding from the Freeman Foundation, students interested in securing funding to participate in internships to China and elsewhere in Asia can pick from several locations to learn valuable skills and prepare for careers overseas. One such internship is sponsored by Gerry Cooper ’66, the founder of Asia Tech Source, a company that provides sourcing and product development services for small to mid-sized manufacturing companies in North America.
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