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Expats talent contest wraps up
    2017-12-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Zhang Yang

nicolezyyy@163.com

TEN contestants from nine countries wowed the audience and judges with their fluent Chinese and impressive shows of talent at the 8th Shenzhen Expats Chinese Talent Competition at Futian Shangri-La yesterday.

The three-hour competition consisted of three rounds — a three-minute prepared speech in Chinese, a word-guessing game in Chinese and a talent show.

Younes Bensebaa, a 12-year-old from Algeria, earned the highest score and won the top prize. The two runners-up were Aleksandr Vaskin, an 11-year-old from Russia, and Ahn Tae-hyeon, a 12-year-old South Korean.

Bensebaa praised Shenzhen for its high-tech development in his speech and recited a famous Chinese poem called Homesickness during the talent show. He rewrote the poem and expressed his love for Shenzhen, which he regards as his second hometown.

“I was very nervous at the beginning and I didn’t expect that I would win the first prize,” Bensebaa said, adding that he made a lot of friends and gained stage experience as well as the courage to make a speech in the spotlight by participating in the competition.

Gu Xiaojin, a professor from the School of Communication at Shenzhen University, was one of the five judges for the competition. Gu spoke highly of the contestants’ performances, which demonstrated the various forms of Chinese culture.

“I’m impressed by the calligraphy written by the Japanese contestant Yoshiko Fujiwara. She writes better calligraphy than many Chinese,” he said, adding that the peacock dance performed by Kasola Enika Christine, a contestant from Zambia, was also impressive.

According to Gu, the competition shows that Chinese culture is well-recognized by many expats living in Shenzhen. “They’ve learned Chinese culture, blended into the culture and will probably promote it upon returning to their home countries,” he said.

The contest is an annual event sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Foreign Affairs Office and the Shenzhen Municipal Information Office, and organized by Shenzhen Daily and eyeshenzhen.com, the English-language portal of Shenzhen.

Since the competition was launched in 2010, the contest has been one of the most influential events in the city’s foreign community. Thousands of expats have participated in the competition since 2010, with several of its contestants becoming rising stars on Chinese TV shows.

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