As part of the MLC ‘Charm of China’ Series, the College successfully held a Poetry Recitation Competition on 18 November, 2020. The competition attracted 8 groups of contestants, who presented a diverse range of poems, from classical to modern, from Cantonese to Mandarin, and from romantic love to patriotic passion.

The contestants showed full preparation during their performances. While paying attention to tones, intonation and movement, the contestants also put much thought towards costumes and props. This competition reignited MLC students’ love for Chinese history and traditional culture. A strong Chinese cultural atmosphere permeates MLC.

Among all performances,  year 1 students Zhang Wentao and Li Yunzhi jointly performed Lao Tzu’s “Tao De Jing”; their dramatic performance won the unanimous recognition of the judges and became the Champion of the competition. Year 1 students Yuan Jingbo and Lin Jiangnan worked beautifully together and their performance of Bai Juyi’s “Song of Everlasting Sorrow” got them a second prize. Year 2 student Liu Yuhan, a native from Hubei province, showed incredible courage and recited in Cantonese Xu Zhimo’s “Farewell to Cambridge” in Cantonese and won the third place in this competition.

Prof. Katrine Wong, Interim College Master of MLC and Director of Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Prof. Wang Mingyu from Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Associate Master Dr. Larry Liang, and Resident Fellow Dr. Gary Fung served as the judges of the competition. The panel highly commended all contestants and were all delightfully surprised by MLC students’ passion in traditional Chinese culture. The judges were also impressed by the students’ talents. Most importantly, they were happy to see that the whole-person education in the College are proving fruitful. Students were encouraged to continue to live in and promote the Charm of Chinese culture.