Chinese Bridge contestant Lauri Tammi: A know-all of China
Finnish contestant Lauri Tammi has been to many Chinese places, and hosted last year's Chinese National Day evening gala held for Chinese students and scholars in Finland.
Tammi became fascinated with Chinese culture in 2007 after a drama director introduced it to him.
He then paid attention to it, watched Chinese martial arts TV series and the films by Zhang Yimou and Ang Lee, two of the most famous Chinese movie directors.
In 2011, he began to learn the Chinese language.
Tammi said Chinese culture is like a treasure chest with a group of masters in different fields in ancient times, such as the great poet Su Dongpo and Zhuge Liang, the greatest strategist of his era, the Three Kingdoms period (AD220-280).
In this year's competition, Tammi read a poem by Su Dongpo.
His dream is to be a messenger of Sino-Western cultural exchanges.
"China is a significant country in the 21st century, and understanding its culture will promote the international cooperation," he said.
His idol is renowned Italian missionary Matteo Ricci, who lived in China in the 16th century.
"Stable and beautiful China will contribute to a more peaceful and better world, and I hope to make some contributions to both China and the world by facilitating the cultural communication and transmission," he said.
Tammi wants to work at the Embassy of Finland in China or at a theater in his home country to promote Chinese culture.
"I want more Finnish people to know about the profound Chinese culture accumulated over its 5,000 years of history," he said.
Edited By Zhang Qiong