Hanyuqiao Competition for WA Secondary School Students

2016 “Hanyu Qiao” (Chinese Bridge) Chinese Proficiency Competition (HYQ) for WA secondary school students concluded successfully on the 28th May 2016.  It was held at The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia (UWACI) with 13 contestants from different secondary schools in Perth and Geraldton delivering speeches on “Learn Chinese, Double Your World”. For the first time the Year 9 Chinese Speaking Competition was combined with the Hanyu Qiao and 5 Year 9 students gave speeches afterwards.

At the opening ceremony, Ms Eva Chye,  UWACI board member, gave a welcome speech, praising the enthusiasm and achievements of Australian young people in learning Chinese language as well as the efforts that UWACI has made in support of Chinese language learning in WA. Afterwards, Boonie Woo, President of Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of WA (CLTAWA) spoke highly of the collaboration of UWACI and CLTAWA in co-organizing the competition for school students, which offered a good learning opportunity for both teachers and students involved.  Both speakers wished the contestants good luck in the competition.

The competition consisted of three components: a written test, unscripted speech in Chinese and Chinese cultural performance. Contestants talked about their interesting experience in  learning Chinese and making friends. During their amazing cultural shows, they won applause from the audience. Performances included a shadow puppet show, Chinese comedy,  Chinese pop songs and dance performances as well as many others!

At the Awards Ceremony, Dr. Wang Yi explained how difficult the judging process was and congratulated on the contestants’ brilliant performances. Ms Bonnie Woo then proceeded to present the awards to the contestants in Y9 speaking competition. Mr. Butcher, Principal of Mount Lawley SHS and Mr. Xianhua Chu, UWACI Associate Director, presented the awards for the Hanyu Qiao participants.  Charlotte Martin of Methodist Ladies’ College won 1st place, Eliza Singleton of Geraldton Grammar School and Liam McKenzie from Mount Lawley won  2nd place and lastly Annie Jarman from Perth Modern School, Nicholas Hill from Guildford Grammar School, and Janet Kim of Rossmoyne won 3rd place. Among them, Charlotte, Eliza, Liam and Annie will participate in the regional HYQ finals in Adelaide on the 9th and 10th of June, at which we wish them even greater success.


开幕式上,西澳大学校长助理、孔子学院理事Eva Chye女士首先致开幕词,赞扬了参赛选手学习中文的积极性和孔子学院积极支持、推动西澳学校的中文教学,勉励选手们满怀信心地展示自己的汉语实力,并祝愿此次比赛圆满成功。随后,西澳中文教师协会会长Boonie Woo 致辞表示,今年是首次由孔子学院及西澳中文教师协同举办的比赛,对参与汉语教学的老师及学生来说都是交流学习的好机会。也希望大家可以借此机会进一步推广汉语文化,并预祝参赛选手取得好成绩。


颁奖仪式上,王毅博士代表评委简单介绍了评分规则,感谢所有参赛选手的精彩表现。随后,Bonnie Woo老师为9年级中文演讲比赛颁奖,Mount Lawley 中学校长Butcher先生、孔子学院中方院长褚献华先生分别为汉语桥的选手们颁发证书和奖品。Methodist Ladies’ College的Charlotte Martin同学获得一等奖、, Geraldton 文法学校的 Eliza Singleton同学和Mount Lawley 中学的Liam McKenzie同学获得二等奖;珀斯现代中学的Annie Jarman、Guildford文法学校的Nicholas Hill和Rossmoyne中学的Janet Kim获得三等奖。其中Charlotte, Eliza, Liam和Annie四名同学将于6月9-10日代表西澳州赴阿德莱德参加(首府地区、北领地、南澳和西澳)赛区的中学生汉语桥决赛,在此预祝他们再创佳绩!

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Ms Eva Chye and Ms Bonnie Woo making speeches

Mr Butcher William & Stephanie

Mr Buthcher giving prizes                 William and Stephanie as MCs

Charlotte  Eliza Liam

Charlotte Martin      Eliza Singleton        Liam McKenzie

Annie Nicholas Janet

Annie Jarman              Nicholas Hill                            Janet Kim

Abigail Catlin Claudia Sarah

Abigail Moroney         Catelin Wilson      Claudia Hall          Sarah Crowley

Jack Melhul Jevin

Jack Mingay               Melhul Aggarwal                Jevin  Parmar



Confucius Institute Joins in the Student Party at St George’s College 孔子学院参与圣乔治学院学生聚会

There is a tradition in Hong Kong where university students hold a party before every exam. This party is called ‘Superpass’ and is meant to bring good luck as well as relax students. To celebrate this tradition St George’s College invited the UWA Confucius Institute to join in some cultural activities with their students including dumpling making and Chinese calligraphy.

The Confucius Institute volunteers and teachers enjoyed sharing in these activities with both local and Hong Kong exchange students who will soon be returning home. About 200 dumplings were made which were then sent to the kitchen to form part of the dinner later that night. Calligraphy was also a big hit with the students. Some Hong Kong students were pros at it and assisted the Confucius Institute conduct this activity as there were so many students interested in it. Students wrote their names as well as well wishes for the exam on red paper.

As students enter the exam period the Confucius Institute hopes the dumplings (symbolising good fortune in China) and the Calligraphy (which had lucky words written on auspicious red paper) brings them the very best of luck.





(Photo courtesy of Hongwei Wu)

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“Chinese Bridge” Competition for WA Secondary School Students on 28th May

Hanyuqiao Competition for WA secondary school students & Y9 Chinese Speech Competition  

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Time and Venue

Hanyu Qiao competition for Western Australian secondary school students and Year ( Student Chinese Speech Competition will be jointly hosted on 28th  May Saturday, 2016 at Kurrajong Theatre by the Confucius Institute at UWA and Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of WA (CLTAWA).

The 4 top winners of the WA Finals will participate in the regional finals in Adelaide on 9-10 June. There are varied prizes for the participants and travel opportunities to China for top-prize winners of the competition in Adelaide.

Components of the Competition 

The competition consists of three components:

  • Written test in Chinese on your general knowledge of China (20 minutes);
  • Unscripted speech on the topic of “My Chinese Dream” (2-3 minutes);
  • Cultural performance relevant to Chinese culture (3-5 minutes) e.g. singing in Chinese, martial arts, Chinese folk dancing and Chinese poetry recital etc.


To be eligible for the competition, you must meet the following requirements:

Be a currently enrolled secondary school student in Western Australia

  • Be between 15 – 20 years old
  • Non-Chinese citizen or Chinese-heritage student
  • Not born and raised in a Chinese-speaking country
  • Be a genuine speaker of Chinese (Mandarin) as a second language (if in doubt please contact the Confucius Institute)

To participate in the competition, please talk to your teacher and email the completed Recommendation Form to confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au before 13 May.

Call for participants_Hanyuqiao for Secondary School Students 2016

2016_Recommendation Form_Secondary School candidate



The 15th “Hanyu Qiao” Competition for University Students Successful 第十五届大学生汉语桥比赛成功落幕

The 15th “Hanyu Qiao” (Chinese Bridge) Chinese Proficiency Competition for University students concluded successfully on 7th May 2016 at the Confucius Institute at University of Western Australia (UWACI) with 8 contestants from universities in ACT, SA and WA delivering speeches on how their “dreams enlighten the future”.

At the opening ceremony, Dr Xianling Song, Director of UWACI made a welcome speech, followed by the VIP speeches by Professor Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UWA, Xu Xiao, Minister-Counselor of Chinese Embassy in Australia, and Sun Anlin, Chinese Deputy Consul-General in Perth.  They all praised the enthusiasm and achievements of Australian youths in learning Chinese language and Chinese culture and through this “bridge” to enhance the communication and friendship between Australia and China. All the VIPs wished the contestants good luck in the competition.

The competition consists of three parts: written test, public speech and cultural performance. The contestants’ interesting interpretations of their “dreams” in accurate Chinese and their amazing cultural shows were warmly applauded by the audiences. During the judge deliberation after the performance, Zhu Yuhuan and Zhou Libing, two of the UWACI volunteers, performed martial arts and Chinese folk music to entertain the contestants and audience.

At the awarding ceremony, chief judge, Ms Zhang Jieqi, briefed the global scoring and congratulated on the contestants’ brilliant performances. Then the VIPs presented the awards to the contestants. Corey Kirkham from University of Adelaide and Liam Tay Kearney from University of Western Australia won the First and Second Prizes for the year, and will participate in the 15th Global Grand Final of “Hanyuqiao” to be held in July in Changsha, China.

Every year in May, UWACI hosts both “Hanyu Qiao” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for university students of ACT, NT, SA and WA, and for WA high school students as a good opportunity for the Australian young people to show their Chinese Language skills and cultural talents in public and meanwhile for those top contestants to be selected for higher-level competitions.


颁奖仪式上,张洁绮老师代表评委介绍了评分规则、感谢所有参赛选手,并祝贺他们的精彩表现。随后,徐孝公参、孙安林副总领事、宋宪琳院长分别为大赛的选手们颁发综合奖、单项奖和参与奖。赢得今年比赛综合一、二等奖的分别是阿德莱德大学的Corey Kirkham和西澳大学的Liam Tay Kearney两位同学,他们将代表澳大利亚(使馆赛区)参加今年7月在中国长沙举行的第十五届世界大学生“汉语桥”的总决赛。

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 Dr Song, UWACI Director 

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Prof Kent Anderson, UWA DVC

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Minister-Counselor Xu Xiao

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Deputy Consul-General Sun Anlin

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Contestants with some VIPs

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Corey Kirkham, 1st Prize winner       Liam Tay Kearney, 2nd Prize winner

(照片由王力永先生提供; Photo courtesy of Mr Wang Liyong)

Successful Forum on Traditional Chinese Medicine 成功举办中西医专家论坛

On 31st March, the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia held the first public forum “China in Conversation” of the year at the lecture theatre of the university club on the topic of “Seeking Harmony: Diseases in Chinese and Western Medicine”, with an audience of about 150 people, including some local doctors and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners.

The purpose of the forum is to discuss the possibility of the two philosophically  different medical traditions and approaches being reconciled at the practical level. UWA Pro-Vice Chancellor, Mr Iain Watt, chaired the forum and three renowned medical experts, Professor Qian Xiaoyan from Xiamen University, Professor Barry Marshall and Professor Geoff Riley of University of Western Australia, dialogued at the forum. Professor Qian has 30-years’ experience in practice and teaching TCM. Professor Marshall is 2005 Nobel Laureate for his discovery of Helicobacter pylori, and he has been in broad collaboration with Chinese medical scientists. Professor Riley has been active in training Chinese GPs recently.

First of all, Professor Marshall made a prepared opening speech in Chinese, expressing his belief in the value in TCM though much different from the evidence-based modern Western medicine. He was delighted with the convergence of the two medical systems, with the combination of TCM with modern technology and the modern medicine moving towards personalized and precision therapy. He thought the forum a good opportunity for people to reach more consensus in making the best of both medicines for the good of human health. Professor Qian gave a briefly presented the basic TCM principles of holistic view of human body and balance of yin and yang, and took common cold, headache and strained neck diagnosis as examples to explain the TCM ways of diagnosing and curing common diseases, such as acupuncture based on the body’s main and collateral channel system and dietary therapy according to the warm or cold nature of food and herbs. Her easy-to understand presentation furthered the audience’s understanding of TCM.

Subsequently, three experts dialogued on the strengths, and the similarities and differences between Chinese and Western medicine in terms of diagnosis and treatment of common diseases, and the development of TCM. They also face-to face interacted with the audience on such questions as “What diseases is TCM good at diagnosis?”, “How effective is TCM for the early diagnosis of malignant diseases?”, “What diseases is TCM suitable for?”, “How can TCM and Western medicine combined for better effect?”, “What is the efficacy of acupuncture anesthesia?” and so on. As a considerable number of Australians are very interested in TCM and especially acupuncture, the active speaker-audience interaction is one of the highlights of this forum.

China’s thousand years of history is not a history of isolation. Contemporary Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has grown out of a history of integration, especially enriched by Western medicine  over the last two hundred years. The endeavour to build a transcultural theoretical bridge is crucial for TCM to take on new life and reach out to more patients in the 21st Century.  Three internationally renowned scholars have started this, and Confucius Institute  at UWA was able to facilitate building this platform in the process.

“China in Conversation” is a high-level public forum presented by the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia with the top experts from China and Australia to dialogue on topics of public interest. Last November, the first successful of “China in Conversation” was on China’s economy, and other topics on China’s agriculture and ChAFTA, the Belt & Road and Australia will be presented later this year.  

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The chair and the three speakers                    UWA  Pro VC, Mr Watt, chairs the forum

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Prof Marshall delivers a speech in Chinese      Prof Qian talks about TCM

Forum 4 Forum 6

Panel discussion with the audience               The audience in dialogues with experts

3月31日,西澳大学孔子学院在大学俱乐部演讲厅成功举办了今年首场“中国论谈”(China in Conversation),论坛的主题是《追求共识:常见病的中西医解读》(Seeking Harmony: Common Diseases in Chinese and Western Medicine),旨在探讨理念迥异的中西医传统和疗法能否在临床层面达成共识。参加讨论和对话的专家分别是厦门大学医学院的钱小燕教授、西澳大学医学院的巴里∙马歇尔(Barry Marshall)教授和杰夫∙莱利(Geoff Riley)教授。西澳大学Iain Watt副校长主持了本次论坛。钱小燕教授从事中医实践和教学30年,有丰富的临床经验和理论研究。马歇尔教授因发现幽门螺旋杆菌而获得2005年的诺贝尔医学奖,近二十年来,他与中国医学界有着广泛的合作。莱利教授也多次到中国参与对全科医生的培训。





“中国论谈”是西澳大学孔子学院倾力打造的 面向公众的高层次学术论坛,邀请中国和澳洲各领域的顶级专家就公众感兴趣的话题进行对话交流。去年11月,第一次“中国论谈”以中国经济为主题,今年还将举办有关“中国农业与澳中自贸协定”“一带一路与澳大利亚”等主题的论坛。

Welcome to Chinese New Year Show 猴年春节晚会

hejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe presented a special Chinese New Year show at Octagon Theatre, UWA on Wednesday, 10th February, 2016.

Zhejiang University Wenqin Arts Troupe was founded in 2001 with the assistance of Ms Yao Wenqin, an alumnus residing in the U.S.A. It consists of six teams including a symphony orchestra, a dancing team, a drama team, a Chinese traditional music team, a vocal team and a keyboard team with over 400 members of undergraduate or graduate students with high performance ability.

2016 CNY show poster

China in Conversation on Chinese Economy: Myths & Realities “中国论谈”:中国经济的迷思与现实

The “China In Conversation” Forum, jointly-organised by Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia and Perth USAsia Centre, was held at the University Club Lecture Hall on 12 November, attracting more than 180 participants from all walks of life. Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement) of UWA opened the forum by introducing the three speakers: Professor Yuexiang Jiang, from the College of Economics, Zhejiang University, China, Winthrop Professor of Economics Rod Tyers and Professor Yanrui Wu, both from the UWA Business School. The three professors of economics delivered keynote speeches on the topic “The Chinese Economy: Myths and Realities” and also had a conversation with the audience.

Professor Yuexiang Jiang delivered a speech titled How Realities Continue Myths, in which he introduced the lessons he learnt from the reasons for the rise and fall in China’s stock market in recent years. He also analyzed the characteristics of the Chinese securities market using the probabilistic method and the principle of Yin and Yang in traditional Chinese philosophy.

Winthrop Professor of Economics Rod Tyers’s speech was titled The Chinese Slowdown and the Global Effects, in which he analysed in great detail the factors for China’s economic slowdown. He also spoke about the favourable and unfavourable factors impacting China’s prospects for economic development, providing much food for thought for the audience.

Professor Yanrui Wu presented on the topic China’s Service Sector: The New Engine of Economic Growth. Through substantial horizontal and vertical comparisons, he concluded that the growing service sector is accounting for a larger proportion of the Chinese economy, and its impact is increasingly significant. He also affirmed that the service industry will be a new engine of growth for China’s economy in the future.

After the speeches, Mr. Gordon Flake, founding CEO of Perth USAsia Centre facilitated a conversation where speakers addressed questions from the audience. Mr. Flake also summarized the discussion and gave closing comments. The large turnout and warm applause proved the success of the event.

“China in Conversation” is a newly introduced high-level forum organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia. It aims to run every quarterly. It brings together distinguished experts, scholars, and executives of government and business sectors from both China and Australia to engage in dialogues regarding heated topics on China which are of public concern.

11月12日下午6点,西澳大学孔子学院和珀斯美中心联合主办的“China in Conversation” 论坛在西澳大学俱乐部演讲厅举行,吸引了珀斯各界180多名观众。论坛由西澳大学副校长Kent Anderson教授主持,他首先介绍了演讲嘉宾, 他们是:中国浙江大学经济学院的蒋岳祥教授、西澳大学商学院的Rod Tyers教授和吴延瑞教授. 三位经济学教授围绕“中国经济的迷思和现实”发表主题演说并与观众展开对话。


Rod Tyers教授的演讲主题是“中国经济放缓对全球的影响”,他对经济放缓的原因进行了细致的分析,并谈了影响中国经济发展前景的有利与不利因素,希望大家对相关问题进行思考。


演讲结束后,三位嘉宾上台并排就坐,由美亚中心的Gordon Flake教授主持演讲人与现场观众互动,回答问题。最后,主持人对活动进行总结和点评。观众参与的人数之多与现场掌声之热烈充分说明本次论坛的成功。

“China in Conversation” 是西澳大学孔子学院新推出关于中国的高层次论坛,计划一年举办四次,邀请中国和澳大利亚的知名专家、学者或政府、工商企业的高管 就公众关注的热点中国问题 进行对话交流。

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Dr Song, makes welcome remarks                  Prof Anderson, DVC of UWA chairs the forum

Prof Jiang 2  Prof Tyers 3  Prof Wu

Prof Yuexiang Jiang                   Prof Rod Tyers                               Prof Yanrui Wu

Panel  Audience

Prof Flake chairs the panel Q & A                       The audience





UWACI Celebrates the 10th Anniversary 西澳大学孔子学院庆祝建院十周年

Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Friday 25th September at the University Club. Many distinguished guests attended this special event including Dr Huang Qinguo, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth, Professor Alec Cameron, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of Western Australia, Professor Krishna Sen, Dean of the Faculty of Arts UWA, Mr Ma Linlan, representing Minister-Counsellor in Education Mr Xu Xiao, Chinese Embassy to Australia, Mr William Chi, Vice President of Chung Wah Association, and Ms Bonnie Woo, President of Chinese Language Teachers Association, Mr Gian Wong, President of Australia-China Friendship Society in WA.

Over the past 10 years, Confucius Institute has been nourished by the ancient land of the Noongar people, thrived within the intellectual life of the world class University of Western Australia, and prospered amongst Perth’s multicultural communities, making the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia one of the best worldwide. The tireless work and energy of the directors, teachers, volunteers and friends of the Confucius Institute have contributed to the founding, development and success of the Confucius Institute. The event is a very special celebration, not only for the 10th Anniversary of Confucius Institute, but also the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, and the 2566th birthday of Confucius himself.

9月25日下午6点,西澳大学孔子学院在大学俱乐部宴会厅举办了“西澳大学孔子学院成立十周年” 庆祝酒会。酒会由孔子学院院长宋宪琳博士主持,中国驻珀斯总理事黄亲国博士、西澳大学副校长Alec Cameron教授、人文学院院长Krishna Sen教授、中国驻澳使馆教育处徐孝公参的代表马林兰先生、以及中华会馆副会长齐金龙先生等嘉宾在庆祝酒会上致辞。他们盛赞西澳大学孔子学院十年来在支持西澳的中文教学、促进文化了解、融入大学和社区、丰富多元文化、增进澳中友谊和交流方面所取得的成就。西澳孔子学院在2007年和2014年两度获得“先进孔子学院”荣誉。正如宋宪琳院长所指出的,西澳孔子学院所取得的成就是历任院长、教师、志愿者的不懈努力和西澳大学、中国国家汉办、浙江大学的真诚合作的结果,也是与西澳各界朋友的大力支持分不开的。

这次酒会恰逢中国传统中秋佳节、国庆节、孔子诞辰2566年纪念日和“孔子学院日”。应邀参加酒会的还有西澳中文教师协会会长Bonnie Woo女士、澳中友协西澳分会会长Gian Wong先生、以及西澳独立学校协会、中澳青年联合会等社团的代表、一些学校的校长和代表以及西澳大学和孔子学院的部分教师和志愿者。大家济济一堂,频频举杯,共同祝愿西澳大学孔子学院的明天更美好!

Prof Cameron Dr Huang Prof Sen  Mr Ma Mr Chi  Dr Song