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The Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU) was founded 50 years ago to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of Britain and China. It is a registered UK charity and is the only friendship society of its kind in the country.

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October/November 2016

We have a number of events occurring at SACU, KCL’s Lau China Institute, and SOAS that will be of interest to members this month.

The first is a SACU event and is a story from World War 2 that few of us may be familiar with:

“The defence of Hong Kong against the Japanese in December 1941 was the first time the British and Chinese had ever fought alongside each other, and perhaps the most interesting aspect of the dramatic breakout that followed was the fact that the Admiral leading the mainly British escape group was Chinese - and that he turned out to be extremely popular with the Royal Navy sailors.”

Tim Luard, former BBC China Correspondent and author of Escape from Hong Kong: Admiral Chan Chak's Christmas Day Dash, 1941 will present Admiral Chan Chak?s Escape a free, illustrated talk for SACU and Meridian Society members and their guests.

Venue: EY (Ernst & Young), 1 More London Place London SE1 2AF

Day/Time: Monday 14 November 2016, 6.30-8.00pm

To book your free place please contact us

Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute and Professor of Chinese Politics (Lau China Institute in the School of Global Affairs) will deliver his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 25th of October, 2016 at 18:30 in the Edmond J Safra lecture theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

“This lecture will look at the various sources of power in contemporary China, and ask the question about what that power is, how it manifests itself, and what it means for the rest of the world”

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception in Chapters. Tickets are free, but booking is required. You can reserve a place and learn more details of Kerry’s talk at this page .

And at The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe , the famous riverside restaurant linked to the Globe Theatre, SACU will host our first fund raising event in many years on Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 7.30pm.

“There is a large bar and you will be able to buy whatever drinks you would like (food is included). This will be a great informal opportunity to meet with fellow SACU members, chat, eat, drink and make friends. We will also be holding a fundraising raffle and possibly an auction of some delightful Chinese gifts - so please be prepared to join in the fun!”

“We are holding this event to raise funds - split 50:50 - for SACU general funds and for our George Hogg Cooperative Education Fund, which you will have read about in the Autumn China Eye.”

The cost is £25 which includes pub food but not drinks. Contact us to book your place. Hope to see you there!

Excellent news for SACU members in the Manchester area. Two events have been announced that we will monitor and keep you informed about. The first is the “Acclaimed international art exhibition ‘Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors’” which is coming to the city and will illuminate the city’s exchange square as part of the second event, “the biggest Chinese new year celebration the city has seen to date”

More information about both events here .

The SOAS China Institute has some very interesting topics coming up in the second half of October.

Arthur Kroeber is the Beijing-based editor of the China Economic Quarterly. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center and adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Relations, Columbia University. On Monday, October 17th at 6 pm he will discuss: China’s Economy: Powerhouse, Menace or the Next Japan?

On Wednesday the 19th, again at 6 pm He Jiahong, a professor of law at People's University in Beijing, presents Back from the Dead - Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice in China

Full details of these and two more late October lectures are available here .

All events are free but for some registration is required.

Members in the news.....please do let me know of any significant news concerning members that you think should be published. Good news, that is.

For example, SACU member Dr Kerry Brown was appointed Senior Fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences this month. This was presented at the Peace Hotel along the Bund in Shanghai.

The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences was founded in 1958 and is China's oldest institution for the humanities and social sciences. It is the country's second largest such institution, after the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.

Also in the news, SACU VP Dr Frances Wood’s memoir of her student days in the China of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, titled “Hand Grenade Practice in Peking” was reviewed by Gillian Reynolds on BBC Radio 4’s “A Good Read” yesterday. Gillian smacks down criticism from a poorly-informed amateur reviewer and asks her “have you actually read the book?”

Could two skeletons found in a Roman cemetery in London be the first Chinese in Britain?

Nee hao magazine is an arts, culture and lifestyle magazine for the British Chinese community, Chinese students and Chinese visitors to the UK. They have an interesting article on the find here .

SACU VP Jenny Clegg was in Dunhuang recently along with Jim Lindsay, son of Michael Lindsay who was mentioned by President Xi Jinping as an example of Anglo-Chinese support and understanding when he visited the UK last year.

“Lord Michael Lindsay, the late member of the House of Lords of the UK Parliament, took an active part in the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, helping China modify telecommunication equipment under extremely difficult circumstances and risking his life to deliver scarce supplies such as medicines and communication equipment to the Chinese army.” ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC)

Jim, an Australian, set up a website introducing Bold Plum’s (his mother’s) book, titled Bold Plum: With the Guerrillas in China's War Against Japan which Jenny says “has some great material countering claims that only the Kuomintang fought against the Japanese.”

Bold Plum also tells her story on YouTube .

Anne Allan from the Chinese Brush Painters Society (Yorkshire) sends a reminder “that we have 2 great tutors coming to us in the near future and I am reminding you to send me your booking forms if you have not done so already.”

Sat 29 / Sun 30 October - Vegetables with small birds; Climbing plants with insects and birds - Pauline Cherrett

Sat 19 / Sun 20 November -Landscapes in winter; 3 Friends of Winter - Marion Dearlove

Anne says “Even if the subjects do not have instant appeal, do come along as both tutors will give you so much information alongside fun workshops.”

Contact via web site .

“The Battle of Ideas returns to the Barbican for its ninth year. The festival remains a unique public forum where the key challenges confronting society can be argued over and ideas which matter fought for.”

This year’s programme includes “China’s Urban Revolution”,Saturday, October 22nd, 16.00 - 17.15 Frobisher 1-3

“In the West, environmental urbanism has tended to act as a constraint on development, but how should we view the recent emergence of the Chinese ‘eco-city’? Can they supply the quantity and quality of housing and other urban amenities that China and the world needs?”

Further information available here .

Rebirth of a Medieval Wonder . Thanks to Rob Stallard for this news about the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing and its restoration.

More than 150 years after rebels destroyed it, Nanjing's famed "Porcelain Tower" -- one of the Seven Medieval Wonders of the World -- has been brought back to life.

Call for Participants to The 3rd Global China Dialogue (GCD III): Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change, 2-3 December 2016 the British Academy

This Conference will take place at the British Academy, the House of Commons and King’s College London over Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd of December.

Historical and programme information is here . Registration information here . More information will be in the November newsletter.

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See Also

Meridian Society   Membership organisation based in London with similar aims to SACU, regular events and tours to China.
Chinatown   A large U.K. site with background cultural information and events information.
Between East and West   Background on British Born Chinese people
Mother Bridge of Love   Help and information for adopting children from China and general chinese understanding
C.S.S.A.   The Chinese Students and Scholars Association's web site aimed at Chinese students studying in the UK
Half and half   Documents the history of British born who are half Chinese, mainly children of Chinese sailors
Oasis Adoption   Support and information for people adopting children from Overseas orphanages
British Council   Web site giving information about Britain to people in China

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