Five students, including my two daughters, signed up for the junior team (16 years of age and below) at this point, with several other potential candidates. They started training last weekend. The coach is a Chinese-English bilingual debate instructor educated and trained in debate competition in Taiwan throughout his high school and college years. He coaches secondary school English debate team here in his spare time and got his team to second place in this year’s debate competition at Harvard.
This is the first year that an American team competes in this Chinese debate competition in Asia. Certainly, with only a couple of months of training till summer competition in Taipei and with obvious disadvantages, the goal this year is to gain exposure and experience with eyes toward the following years.
Below are two YouTube videos showing the teams which competed last year and one of the actual debate in Hong Kong.
Here are a few photos and a video of our team’s first training session.