UNSW students in Japanese Language Speech Contest

20 Sep 2009

UNSW students won all top prizes in the 40th Japanese Language Speech Contest, NSW Final, held on 19 September 2009 at the Japan Foundation in Sydney. The event was presided by the Japanese Consul-General of Sydney, Mr Nobuhito Hobo.

Our winners in the contest are:

Open Beginner Division

1st Prize: Katherine Lam, "Learning about Islamic traditions and culture"

2nd Prize: Osama Abdul-Nabi, "Palestine, my homeland"

3rd Prize: Melanie (Wing Ting) Lau, "Postive culture shock: Lost in Japan"

Open Division

1st Prize: Joshua Leong, "On the other side of the wall"

2nd Prize: Sooji Hwang, "Ojigi - A new way of communication"

3rd Prize: Sally Chan, "Darwin's wisdom"

Special Prizes:

Ju Hee (Julie) Oh, "I-rasshai-mase!"

Hill Fany (Anthony) Pang, "Things that Japanese horror movies teach"

Background Speaker Division

1st Prize: Makito Endo, "Place of belonging"

Congratulations to all UNSW students who entered the contest, and special thanks to the support and coaching advice that academic members from the Japanese Studies program have provided to the students.

Katherine Lam, Joshua Leong, and Makito Endo will be representing the state of NSW at the National Final, to be held on 10 October 2009. We wish them all the best.