Three Upper Canada College boarding students won second and third prizes at the 2017 Panda Cup Chinese Speech Contest held by the Chinese Consulate-General in Toronto and the Chinese Culture and Education Society of Canada on Oct. 15.
Year 10 student Billy Shi placed second out of approximately 100 elementary and high school students and won $200. Year 10 student James Liao and Year 9 student Adrian Hui both won third prize, winning $150 each. They topped most students from other Ontario and Manitoba schools in giving speeches on the “China-Canada relationship” to highlight Chinese culture and history, and to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Shi talked about his experiences and thoughts about the Chinese New Year and Christmas. He reflected on building up a strong cultural relationship as a foundation of China-Canadian relationships.
“With a strong relationship between China and Canada, not only can citizens from both countries travel to the other side of the globe and tour around the nature, but also experiencing and learning deeply about a different lifestyle, as well as a different culture history,” said Shi in his speech.
Liao reflected on his experience of going back to China this past summer and having an opportunity to exchange some culture background with local peers. Hui focused on the history of early Chinese immigration to Canada and provided examples of diplomatic communication between Canada and China, such as Canadian lobster businesses in China.
Shi and Hui take Mandarin courses taught by Jane Li. These classes help the students keep up their language skills, while teaching them more about Chinese literature. Liao is an active member in the Chinese Club, which is a place to help boys who are interested in learning Chinese culture.