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TAMU Student Represents Southern USA on China's Top Language Proficiency Competition


Date: 7/13/2017

This past spring, Texas A&M University senior, Andrew Little, participated in the 16th annual Chinese Bridge Language Competition in Dallas. After delivering a speech in Chinese and performing the traditional Chinese song, “Orchid”, on his banjo, Andrew won first prize for the Southern USA division. This honor took him on to Changsha in Hunan province at the beginning of July to compete against 150 students from 110 countries in a month-long competition. The final competitions involve Chinese speech contests and talent shows. Students who make it to the final rounds will be awarded global and continental recognitions as well as scholarships for studying in China. As of today, Andrew has made it into the final 30 competitors. The semifinals will take place August 3rd-11th with the final on August 12th.

The Texas A&M Confucius Institute helped Andrew to prepare for this experience, but his talent and ability has far exceeded all expectations. We are extremely proud of how well he has performed and wish him well during the final days of competition.

*UPDATE*
 
After a month in China, Andrew Little has returned to College Station full of stories and experiences. Andrew participated in the annual China Bridge Competition with students from all over the world and made it further than any Texas A&M student ever has - the continental semifinal. This round was made up of 5 continental groups (Americas, Europe, Oceania, Africa, and Asia) with approximately 6 in each group. Only the top place winner from each division moved onto the final and unfortunately, Andrew did not continue on in the competition.
 
“The most memorable thing about Chinese Bridge for me was the diversity. The contestants came from literally 112 different countries, so you were by the hour meeting people from new and different places. I met people from places I knew so little about – one friend I made was from Vanuatu Islands, which I had never even heard of! Some of my other good friends were from Barbados, Malaysia, Peru, Namibia…and even more than that. But, at the same time, everyone frequently spoke Chinese and was connected by that.”
 
Congratulations, Andrew! We are so incredibly proud of you!




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