Malaysian wins Shenzhen Expats Chinese Talent Competition

Malaysian wins Shenzhen Expats Chinese Talent CompetitionMore than 300 local expatriates from 30 countries joined the first Shenzhen Expats Chinese Talent Competition on November 19, Friday.

The fifteen expats who made it in the semifinals earlier this month were narrowed down to eight in the finals.

Malaysian Seau Bee Groh, also known as Doris, won first place while Russian Maria Rose Anikieva and Norwegian Caisa Quinn tied at second place.

Doris spoke on a required topic “I have a Shenzhen dream” in fluent Chinese which made the audience think she is Chinese. After singing a Chinese song about Shenzhen’s development, she wrote down five Chinese characters literally meaning “Shenzhen’s spring”, which was well applauded by the audience.

Contestants were presented with certificates and prizes ranging from 8,000 yuan to 2,000 yuan.

The Chinese talent competition was aimed at encouraging expats to learn Chinese to become better aware of Shenzhen. By speaking Chinese, they are able to become more involved in local culture and life.

The competition was hosted by the Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Speaks Foreign Languages Campaign and the Information Office of the Shenzhen Municipal Government, and organized by the Shenzhen Daily.

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