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2021 Japanese Speech Contest

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The Asian Studies Centre of The University of Manitoba
The Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary

With the support of the Japan Foundation and Mitsui Canada are proud to host the

33rd Annual
Manitoba Japanese Speech Contest

Saturday, March 6, 2021
1:00 PM
University of Manitoba 

Opening Remarks
Consul General Shigenobu Kobayashi
Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary
Introduction of Judges
Contestant Speeches
Announcement of Results
Closing Remarks
Dr. Yuhko Kayama
Asian Studies Centre
University of Manitoba

Mr. Kohei Sakamoto, Consul Public Relation and Culture Section Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary
Ms. Yayoi Brandt, Calligraphy instructor Japanese Calligraphy Association
Dr. Tooru Mizuno Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba


Level 1
Daria Pavliuk
Joshua Marte
Anton Mangilit
Darian Lagman
Earl Alminana

Level 2
Aoyu Yang
Victoria Shankaruk
Daigh Burgess

Level 3
Elani Lorenzo
Sunny Appleby
Mary Aguilar


Community Outreach


The Asian Studies Centre strives to be involved in the educational and cultural activities of the Asian Communities in Winnipeg and Manitoba. Presently we are working directly with the Chinese and Japanese communities. In particular, we are serving as consultants and resource providers for the three major Winnipeg Chinese schools. We also have frequent involvement with the activities of the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Community Centre. On the South Asian side, we have traditionally enjoyed very strong connections with the Shastri Foundation of Canada, an organization that organizes and funds scholarly and cultural exchange between India and Canada. Close contact is maintained with the embassies and consulates of Asian governments and the Asian Studies Centre provides assistance to students who wish to explore study opportunities in Asia. Please contact the Acting Director, Dr. Tina Chen, Tina.Chen@umanitoba.ca 

Dr. William Lee, being awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette (a national decoration presented by the Government of Japan in the name of the Emperor to individuals that have made significant contributions with respect to the promotion of and exchange of friendship between nations) on January 23, 2020.