Contest Success for UNSW Japanese Studies Students

27 Sep 2017

speech contest

Our UNSW Japanese Studies students have been making a name for themselves in essay and speech contests over the past month.

Angelitta Winata and Yin Yin Wu of Japanese Studies took part in the Japanese Essay Contest as a part of their project in ARTS3630 (Advanced Japanese A) this year. The contest was organised by the International Exchange Institute in Tokyo. In total, 5,141 contestants from 54 countries participated in the contest. Angelitta received the 2nd prize (Prize 50,000 yen) and Yin Yin received the Effort Award (Prize 10,000 yen).

The two students were the only recipients from Australia. Their essays will be published in an essay collection journal "Saekai no Nihongo Sakubun Konkuuru: 101 Nin no Sakubun-Shuu (World Japanese Essay Contest Collection: 101 works)" (Nihon Kyohousha Press) this year.

Additionally the 48th NSW Japanese Speech Contest took place on Saturday 16 September at the University of Sydney. UNSW sent 7 students to the three eligible divisions of Beginner, Open and Background, with great success. Cassandra (Cathy) Kwok was awarded 1st prize for her speech, "Can you eat spicy food?" in the Beginner Division. Yunjie (Jack) Jiang received 3rd prize in the Open Division for his speech, "House husband: My recommendation," with 3rd prize going to Liam Connolly O'Donnell who spoke on "Rugby League's local roots".

In the Background Division, Riki Walmsley was awarded 3rd prize for his speech titled "Two halves, one person". Cathy will be representing the state of NSW in the upcoming Australian National Final on Saturday 7 October.

Congratulations to all these fantastic students!