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The Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU) was founded over 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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February - March 2017

SACU's China Cafe series of talks returns for a second season to be held again at the scenic Zizzi’s of St Katherine’s Dock in London at E1W 1AT. A map of the location is included in the attached flyer. The presentations reflect the energy and enthusiasm of our Young Members’ Coordinator, Diane Bailey Davies. The theme of this second series of talks is “Thriving and Contributing in the UK” and it starts up on Sunday, 3 to 5 pm, 5th of March with Yen Hangtai (Joseph Yen).

His topic is Success in Broadcasting and he will be in discussion with Liu Chichu, a Production Coordinator at BBC World Service.

(There are two more presentations in the programme: Success in the Performing Arts by the well-known actor, David Yip - “The Chinese Detective”. The presentation includes a conversation with Beibei Wang, whose amazing list of accomplishments is also described in the flyer. This takes place on Sunday, 2nd April.

The third presentation, on 7th of May, is Success in Business. Lady Xuelin Bates leads the topic which includes a participant ‘to be named’.

You can sign up for the China Cafe series at our Eventbrite page :

Further details are available here.

If the thought of self-driving cars on the highway makes you feel little queasy, check out this story from the online magazine Caixin Global: Chinese Drone Maker EHang to Supply Dubai with Self-Flying Taxis

We are pleased to announce that SACU's first 2017 event will be Dr Michael Tai, author of US-China Relations in the 21st Century: A Matter of Trust. He will speak at the Needham Research Institute at Cambridge on Wednesday, March 22nd from 6 to 8 pm.

With Mr Trump as President, it feels as if anything might happen and any surprises could well be unpleasant ones. Michael will try to make sense of the current state of relations and, reflecting the general confusion, his topic will be: US - China Relations: Is trust possible? The flyer for this event is in production - please email me if you would like one when available and also to reserve a seat at this talk. (

Thanks to SACU Council member Linda Rosen of the China-Britain Business Council in Leeds for news about the Manchester Airport Chinese Film Festival, running from 22nd February to 11th April and UK wide. Hainan Airlines is offering as prizes return flights from Manchester to Beijing. Details of the films to be shown, in Manchester-Liverpool-Leeds-Sheffield-Birmingham and Leicester, and how to enter the competition available here . Tickets are free but you are asked to register to book a place end enter the competition.

Linda also reports that the Impressions Gallery in Bradford “has a China season with a couple of photographic exhibitions”. Details on the website .

The Lau China Institute at King’s College London has four interesting lectures coming up in March on the 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th. On March 8th, John Knight, author of the Richard Lester Prize-winning book “Towards a labour market in China” will take as his topic “The Chinese Economy”.

The Chopsticks Club is presenting a Panel Event on March 13th that will discuss Chinese and western brands: customer engagement and brand values.

How do Chinese companies differ from their western counterparts in their messaging and approach to PR and branding? This and other commercially valuable information will be covered : “The importance of BRAND - different requirements for Western and Chinese markets”.

About a year ago, the newsletter mentioned Laszlo Montgomery, the originator of the China History podcast, a 45 to 60 minute account of some feature of Chinese history (naturally). Podcasts 155 and 156 recounted the story of Joseph Needham and podcast 160 had as its subject Jack Jones, the protagonist of Andrew Hicks’ book on the FAU China Convoy, A True Friend to China.

Laszlo has now launched a companion podcast for people who takes shorter walks with their dogs - Chinese Sayings, in which he takes common sayings and explains in about 15 minutes what they mean and how they came about.

A SACU member reports from Carlisle that ... .“There are plans afoot to start up a Confucius Classroom at the Tullie House Museum Carlisle, Cumbria. The Museum, Carlisle City Council and Lancaster University Confucius Institute, are asking the local public to e-mail Tullie House Museum Marketing Co-coordinator, Suzanne Manuel ( to register their interest and state the aspects of Chinese Culture that they would be interested in learning about”.

Tullie House Museum also plans to hold an exhibition of Western Han Dynasty Terracotta Warriors, on loan from a Chinese museum. Details on this as they become available.

A Wales member notes that the Griffith John Exhibition has returned from Wuhan. The Exhibition will now be on display at the Swansea Museum from 28th January until June .

The Museum is also offering an art workshop: Drawing the Chinese Emperor’s Dogs of Fo. Wednesday, 22nd February, 1pm to 4pm.

Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society:

The Chinese Labour Corps 1917-1920 and their role in the First World War - John de Lucy - Monday 20 February 2:30 to 4 pm.

“During WWI Britain hired 100,000 men from China to fill the labour shortage. In this talk John de Lucy explains how his grandfather brought over workers to clear the battlefields before repatriating them. None were allowed to stay.”

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members and educational users free. Booking essential. +44(0)20 7591 3044

In January I had a conversation with Dirk Nimmegeers, our colleague from the Belgium-China Association, about the payday stampede that appeared about to develop as Chinese soccer clubs stocked their rosters with European players. This article from the BCA newsletter, China Square, suggested that would not happen.

As if to support that conclusion, two reports subsequently appeared in China Daily: “Action planned on ‘irrational’ salaries” and “China’s soccer authorities toughen controls on foreign players” . So that gold rush seems to be over.

One final item before closing, on the 14th of January Zhou Youguang, creator of the pinyin writing system died at age 111. As this BBC report notes, before Zhou’s invention 85% of Chinese could not read. Now almost 100% can. Only a few people in history can have made similar contributions to their culture.

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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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