28 May 2021
For Youths

HCI Bilingual China Studies Forum and Business China Youth Showdown 2021

The annual Business China Youth Showdown 2021 and Hwa Chong Institution’s Bilingual China Studies Forum was held at Hwa Chong Institution on 12th May 2021 with a total attendance of about 50 students and teachers. The event was simultaneously broadcasted on the Zoom platform due to Safe Distancing Measures to allow more students to participate.

Earlier in the Forum, Dr Gu and Mr Ouyang gave their take on the latest developments in China. Dr Gu gave an in-depth outlook on the economic developments in China and its impact on geopolitics given the increasing tensions between US and China. Mr Ouyang touched on the trends of China’s transformation and challenges faced in 3 areas namely: globalisation, trade and investment in the post-pandemic world.

A total of 9 teams from 4 institutions across Singapore participated in this year’s Youth Showdown, themed “China and the World: Transition and Challenges”. In her opening remarks, Business China CEO Ms Tin Pei Ling reaffirmed the importance of our bilingual and bicultural education in building bridges in the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world beyond the East and West.

Each team presented their video content followed by a 5-minute Q&A session. The teams were evaluated based on the quality of their content (30%) and presentation (20%), performance in the Q&A session (20%) as well as overall bilingual competency (20%).

The judging panel consisted of the following individuals:

Dr Gu Qingyang, Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Mr Ouyang Xiuzhang, Chief Executive Officer, Freepoint Commodities Asia Pacific

Ms Liang Yi, Deputy Director, Business China

After an exciting round of showdown, Dunman High School Team 2 emerged as the overall champion while Hwa Chong Institution Team 1 and Dunman High School Team 3 won the second and third prize, respectively. The Best Bilingual Presentation Award was clinched by River Valley High School Team 2.

This year’s champion showcased the diplomatic tensions between US and China through a creative and entertaining way of role-playing the powers involved. The 2nd team explored the topic of vaccine diplomacy from Singapore’s perspective in an informative style. Lastly, the 3rd team explored the relationship between China and ASEAN by using an animation and features impressive articulation of descriptions with the content.

The annual Business China Youth Showdown aims to equip youths with a deeper understanding of the forces and factors shaping China’s emergence as a global power in relevance to Singapore. This bilingual platform provides the opportunity for youths in Singapore to exchange their views on hot button topics involving China, and to interact with their peers.

Please stay tuned and follow Business China’s Facebook page for more details on upcoming events! 

Photo Courtesy of Lim Xing-Er from Hwa Chong Institution