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kyonoki - 京のキー We was robbed

kyonoki

京のキー We was robbed

We was robbed

I have a massive problem with a bilingual student winning the Osaka prelimeneries of the 58th H.I.H Prince Takamado National English Speech Contest. Her father is Swiss (trilingual no less) and her mother speaks fluent English. So what exactly is the point in holding a contest? I might as well take the stage. I am just a little bit outraged. Now, there is the small issue of race which makes this subject a bit touchy. Is it racist to ban students who are bilingual (considering those who are bilingual in most cases have one parent who is foreign and a natural English speaker)? The girl was Japanese (the husband taking on the wife's nationality) but she speaks English on a daily basis. Surely this is insane? Shouldn't there be different tiers to the contest - a separate, 'native speakers' English contest would have given the winner some competition, and the losers a chance.

Haruka (the second grade student from my school) did an amazing job. She worked tirelessly for three months to memorise the speech that had been translated for her, then studied blurb until she fully understood it back to front. She practised intonation, gestures and divided her sparse free time between volleyball club, cram school and the speech. In all honesty she couldn't have scooped the first prize, but it wasn't about winning, it was about taking part. I was immensely proud of her, and feel not one bit disappointed that she is not going to Tokyo for the finals.

But I am mad. Not by the over-officious bullshit of Japanese ceremony, not by the unqualified judges and constant plugging of the two sponsors (Coca Cola and the Daily Yomiuri- the worst English language newspaper in Japan), but because nothing in this contest was fair. How can a speech about the emptiness of modern life (5th prize) and the malpractise of doctors (6th prize) compare with the mind-numbing 'Beauty of Ballet' (2nd prize)? Not only were the topics widely differing, but the judges were looking for pantomime orators rather than natural and heartfelt presence on stage. The whole afternoon was a mockery and the two students who made me sit up and think, with spectacular performances, were relegated to runner up places. The smiling, pristine and pretty girls who won talked like Americans on steroids and were so narcissistic they spent the rest of the afternoon admiring their reflections in their trophies. They are welcome to them. The other students (you know who you are) will go on to great things. Sometimes a smile and flick of the hair is not enough.
  
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