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University of Iowa News Release

March 4, 2003

UI Hosts Japanese Speech Contest

The University of Iowa will host the 7th annual Japanese Speech Contest on Saturday, March 8, in 100 Phillips Hall.

Iowa high school students and college students from Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota will be judged on content, grammar, pronunciation and delivery of a 3-7 minute speech about a topic of their choice. High school students will compete at two levels and college students will compete at four levels, depending on how long they have been studying Japanese.

Registration beings at 8 a.m. followed by opening remarks from Stephen Vlastos, director of the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. The top speakers in each level will be awarded prizes following the competition.

The contest is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with support from the Japan Foundation, Japan Forum, Consulate General of Japan, UI International Programs, UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ALC Publishing, and Aoeshe Japanese Restaurant.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: Yukiko Abe Hatasa, UI associate professor and coordinator of the Japanese Program,