31st Annual BC Japanese Speech Contest Report (03/02/19)

  The 31st Annual B.C. Japanese Speech Contest was held at the University of British Columbia’s Asian Centre on Saturday, March 2 and was hosted by the B.C. Japanese Speech Contest Organizing Committee in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver.
This year, 41 contestants representing various regions and schools in B.C. competed at the highly competitive contest finals. An audience including families, friends, teachers and students came to listen to the speeches and cheer on the contestants.
  Teachers and judges alike commented on the sophisticated content and convincing delivery of the speeches and expressed their admiration for the achievements of the students. All contestants received participation prizes donated from Japanese sister cities: Annaka, Chiba, Kushiro and Saitama, and the winners were awarded special prizes provided by local sponsors and organizers.
  The first place winners in the university/public division will go on to compete in the nationals on Sunday, March 24 which will take place at the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa.

High School Division Group photo

University Division group photo

High School Division Beginner 1st Place Winner Rachel Tan

High School Division Intermediate 1st Place Winner Haowen (Vicky) Yan

High School Division Open 1st Place Winner Sola Dupain

Beginner 1st Place Winner Lian Yi

University Division Intermediate 1st Place Winner Peifen Hsieh

University Division Advanced 1st Place Winner Erin Wu

Consul General Hatori offers some remarks

UBC Asian Studies Department Head Dr. Ross King gives his remarks