Taipei (CNA) A woman from Saint Lucia on Sunday won the top prizes in a Mandarin contest in Taipei that sees foreigners competing against each other in telling short stories in Chinese history and reciting Chinese classic poems.
Cleisha-Bernise Una Springer, one of 20 finalists, won the first prize in the speech contest with a fluent presentation of a story about the famous Chinese poet Li Bai.
She also won the poetry award with her recitation of a Tang Dynasty poemand received a total of NT$60,000 (US$2,002) in prize money for the two awards.
The Saint Lucian, who is currently studying Chinese in Taiwan, said she spent two weeks preparing for the contest and plans to use the prize money to pay for her tuition when she enrolls in an Asia-Pacific studies graduate program in Taipei in August.
Meanwhile, in second place is American Matt Hill, who wore a black martial arts outfit and told the story of Wu Song, a character from a classic Chinese novel who slayed a tiger with his bare hands.
He won NT$20,000 in prize money, while Meyer Heloyse Meidan from France took third place and was awarded NT$10,000.
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