On the afternoon of April 20, 2019, the 18th Chinese Bridge contest took place at the University of Arizona. The Chinese Proficiency Preliminary Competition featured intense language competitors from colleges and universities throughout the southwest United States.
Jocelyn Arriaga, also known by her Chinese name Lin Ke, was there to represent the Confucius Institute (CI) at CSULB. This is the third time that CI at CSULB has participated in the Chinese Bridge competition. Previously, Manuel Muratalla won second place for the intermediate group in 2017, and Stephanie Arriaga from won second place for the intermediate group in 2018.
Jocelyn Arriaga and Stephanie Arriaga are, in fact, sisters! Stephanie’s initial success gave Jocelyn great motivation to join this year’s competition.
The Chinese Bridge competition was comprised of three elements: Keynote Speech, Chinese-Related Knowledge, and Chinese-Related Talent Showcase. The proceedings are divided into two groups of intermediate and advanced students.
Jocelyn competed in the intermediate group against nine other contestants from schools in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. After three rounds of fierce competition, Stephanie finally won second place, due to the success of both her keynote speech, entitled “Tian Xia Yi Jia” (One Family One World), and her performance of the song “Nv er qing” (Maidens’ Love).