2013 China Debate Tour

China Debate Tour – May 26 – June 10, 2013

Arrangements for the 2013 Debate Tour of China are not affiliated with the International Debate Education Association or Irvine Valley College. All reservations must be made directly with the Chinese Tour Agency, HOLIDAY-PLEASANT.
A US travel agent will be trying to locate group airfare for a May 26, 2013 arrival. All schools must deal directly with the travel agent, or a travel agent of their own choosing. A US agent has not yet been identified. Prices below do not reflect international airfare.
All Xi’an tournament registrations must be made through IDEA and the host school, Xi’an International Studies University.
Cost = $1165 (single supplement $390)  Please contact Gary Rybold with any questions.
TRAVEL DAY May 25 leave LAX (or other arranged airport)
Day 1. May 26. Shanghai Arrival
Arrive in Shanghai. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the four-star Lantian Hotel. Rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Day 2. May 27 Shanghai (B, L, D)
Visit the Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund and enjoy the Huangpu River cruise in the evening.
Day 3 May 28. Shanghai / Suzhou (B, L, D)
Drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Visit the Tongli Water Town, the Master of Nets Garden, Silk Factory. Tonight you will stay in the four-star Holiday Inn Youlian Hotel.
Day 4. May 29. Suzhou / Hangzhou (B, L, D)
Drive from Suzhou to Hangzhou. Visit the West Lake with boat ride, Six Harmonies Pagoda and Tea Plantation. Tonight you will stay in the four-star Sunny Hotel. After dinner, you will appreciate the famous Impression Show of West Lake.
Day 5 May 30. Hangzhou / Xi’an (B, L, D)
Fly from Shanghai to Xian. Pick up at the airport and directly drive to Terra Cotta Warriors. visit Shaanxi Historical Museum. Enjoy mutton soup at Muslim restaurant. Tour the Muslim Street. Then transfer to the hotel.
Hotel accommodation must be arranged through the China Open Host School – XISU
Day 6 May 31.
IDEA Tournament in Xi’an.
Day 7. June 1.
Tournament in Xi’an.
Day 8. June 2. Xi’an
Tournament in Xi’an.
Day 9. June 3. Xi’an / Beijing (SL)
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, the Stone Tablets Museum, Ancient City Wall and Bell Tower. Enjoy the famous Dumpling Banquet for lunch. Afternoon flight to Beijing. Tonight you will stay over at four-star Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel.
Day 10. June 4. Beijing (B, L)
Visit the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Enjoy the exciting acrobatic show this evening.
Day 11. June 5. Beijing (B, L, SD)
You will visit the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. On the way back to the city area, you will take an overlook of the Olympic Stadiums. Enjoy the famous Peking Duck for dinner.
Day12. June 6. Beijing(B, L)
Morning tour will bring you to visit the Hutongs by rickshaw. Later, you will visit the Temple of Heaven and Silk Market (best shopping in Beijing).
Day 13. June 7. Beijing (B)
Tentative tournament at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1-3 days). You will continue to stay in the Holiday Inn, but lunch and dinner are on your own.
Day 14. June 8. Beijing (B)
Tournament in Beijing You will continue to stay in the Holiday Inn, but lunch and dinner are on your own.
Day 15. June 9. Beijing (B)
Tournament in Beijing You will continue to stay in the Holiday Inn, but lunch and dinner are on your own.
Day16. June 10. Beijing departure. (B)
Today you will transfer to the airport and take homeward flight. Service ends.
The above quotation includes:
1. Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast in Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
2. All the domestic air transportation listed in the schedule. (Hangzhou / Xi’an / Beijing)
3. All the entrance fees to the attractions mentioned above.
4. Meals at local restaurants with one cup of soft drinks indicated in the schedule.
5. Special dinner arrangements and evening entertainment listed in the schedule.
6. English speaking guides along the trip.
7. Airport/hotel/airport transfers, ground transfers and transfers for all the sightseeing activities during the trip.
The quotation excludes:
1. International airfares and taxes.
2. Hotel accommodations in Xian.
3. National guide.
4. Single supplement.
5. Tips and personal expenses.
6. Passport and Chinese visa.
7. Travel Insurance.

Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Debate & Speech Tournament September 21, 2012

Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Debate & Speech Tournament September 21, 2012

Fullerton College welcomes you to the Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Forensics Tournament Friday, September 21, 2012. We’re offering 3 rounds of Public Forum Debate and 2 rounds of Individual Events (Persuasion and/or Informative).

We’re following up the Public Forum debates hosted by Cal State Fullerton and us earlier–with matching format. Public Forum offers an “old school” debate experience, with a focus on a moderate amount of research (sources below) and a renewed focus on delivery and reasoning. The tournament is ideal for new debaters.

-Judges should hold college degrees, but do not necessarily need prior debate experience.

-The focus of the debate is on communication, reasoning, and examining the substance of the resolution. Not “procedurals.” Formal debate theory is not assumed, and debaters should adjust their arguments accordingly. Quotations are limited to essays below; but students may refer to news, essays, and other “common knowledge.” Each team is comprised or two debaters. Each school needs to bring one judge for every two (2) debate teams it enters.

Because of room limitations, we have limited entries. So first come, first serve. We’ll try to accommodate everyone, but please realize that we may have to limit some entries.

-DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: September 18, 2012 6.00 PM.

-Debate rounds are randomly matched. Sides flip for round 3. IEs will have 2 rounds, and possibly a final round depending on the number of entries. NO DOUBLE ENTRIES please.

-NO FEES (be sure to bring judges!). Food is available on and near the campus.

-AWARDS: Of course. Certificates and/or music CDs to top winners.

For information contact:
Doug Kresse (Director of Forensics)
Fullerton College
321 East Chapman Avenue
dkresse@fullcoll.edu 714-992-7306


Debaters are encouraged to use evidence, but may only quote from the sources listed below. Debaters may refer to relevant news shows, essays, and other “common knowledge.” (With this topic, there’s lots of news daily.) All evidence may be used for affirmative and/or negative arguments.

Time limits: 5 minute constructive, 2 minute cross-x, 3 minute rebuttals; 5 minutes prep.


Registration: 11:20-11:45am (528N)
Greeting: 11:45-12.00pm (528N)
Round 1: 12:00-1.30pm
Round 2: 1.30-2.45pm
Round 3 2.45-3.45pm
Awards: 4.00 pm (Room 528N)


Essays (quotations in round are limited to these sources; but debaters are encouraged to use read elsewhere and use common knowledge).


Bernard-Henri Levy (August 20, 2012). “End the slaughter now!” Newsweek/Daily Beast.


John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham (August 5, 2012). “The risk of inaction in Syria.” Washington Post.

Kurt Volker, (April 24, 2012). “The case for military intervention in Syria,” Christian Science Monitor.


Michael Weiss (February 9, 2012). “Break the stalemate! A blueprint for a military intervention in Syria.” The New Republic.


Henri Barkey (August 23, 2012). “Why intruiding on another Muslim country is ill advised.” Washington Post.


Nicholas Gvosdev (August 3, 2012). “Syria and the Bosnia fallacy.” National Interest.

Dalia Dassa Kaye and David Kaye, (August 8, 2012), “The right way to help Syria’s rebels,” LA TIMES.


Joshua Landis (June 5, 2012), “Stay out of Syria.” Foreign Policy.