The Center for East Asian Studies would like to congratulate CEAS MA students Shirley Zhao (MA East Asian Studies ‘21) and Xinyi Wang (MA East Asian Studies ‘20) for winning first and second place respectively in the College Student and Adult Division of the 46th Japanese Speech Contest sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. Zhao and Wang are both currently enrolled in Professor Yoshiko Tomiyama’s Advanced Japanese Conversation course at Stanford University. Zhao commented that Professor Tomiyama’s patient, meticulous tutorship made Zhao’s participation in the speech contest very meaningful, not only because this helped Zhao practice and improve her Japanese, but because she felt encouraged to keep working on her Japanese proficiency so that she can become a better facilitator in conversations across the Japanese-Chinese-US borders.
According to the Consulate General website, the Japanese Speech Contest aims to “encourage the learning and use of the Japanese Language,” particularly among non-native speakers. The Japanese Consulate General held this contest on November 3, 2019, in partnership with the Japanese American Association of Northern California (Hokka Nichi Bei Kai) and the Northern California Japanese Teachers’ Association.