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.
Our Magazine section has extracts from the latest issue of China Eye including contents of all issues over the last ten years.
Our 50th celebration is well under way, see Golden Anniversary programme for details.
21st May - China and the BRICS, SACU panel discussion.
We have launched the George Hogg Fund to promote educational exchanges between Britain and China with special emphasis on the Shandan School where he was headmaster. For more details please see George Hogg Fund Appeal
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Next Saturday - May 21st, at King’s College London, from 2 -5 pm - will be the China and the BRICS event - a SACU panel discussion hosted by the Lau China Institute. The panel will explore China’s global role through its relationship with the other BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa.
Among other questions, our panel of speakers representing the BRICS countries will discuss whether these countries are evolving a new pattern of international relations or has their potential global influence been over-rated?
To read more please see our events page.
The Jamestown Foundation’s “mission is to inform and educate policy makers and the broader community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important”. A recent paper offers a fascinating and informed analysis of ranks and grades in the PLA and explains its new organisational structure.
Jamestown Foundation papers are available here ➚ .
SOAS China Institute Chinese Forums are delivered by SOAS China Institute Visiting Scholars and are conducted in Chinese which gives scholars an opportunity to discuss issues facing China today in the Chinese language. On Tuesday, 17th May Professor Xia Zhongyi of Shanghai University will present 《围城》与‘香粉铺’及克利斯朵夫 此案有渉王元化与钱钟书. The meeting is from 11:00 to 13:00 and will be at G51a, College Building, Russell Square.
SOAS China Institute, in partnership with SOAS Centre for Film Studies, presents a film by Nanfu Wang titled Hooligan Sparrow ..... “A thriller set across southern China featuring friends who will go to any lengths to expose the truth.” The film will be shown on Wednesday, 18th May from 16:00 to 18:00 at The Bertha DocHouse Screen, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
Find more information about SOAS programme see here ➚.
The third and final talk in SACU’s 2016 China Cafe series concluded successfully with SACU VP Dr. Frances Wood’s presentation on The Cultural Revolution in which Frances talked about the experience of studying in China while the Revolution was occurring. The talk attracted a number of new members to SACU, most of whom were born well after the events described and a lively Q&A session followed her talk.
BBC Radio 3 continued the theme during the week with an episode of the Free Thinking show hosted by Oxford Professor Rana Mitter on The Cultural Revolution ....”joined by the historians Kerry Brown, Patricia Thornton and Frank Dikotter, and by the writers Xinran and Xiaolu Guo”
The 45 minute discussion is downloadable from BBC web site ➚.
Our first speaker at China Cafe was Jemimah Steinfield who is also the Literature Programme Manager at Asia House ➚ which this month celebrates a literature festival. Two events of interest to SACU members are coming soon - Monday 16 May, Night of Noir: Crime writing from China ➚. () and Tuesday 31 May, One Child China: UK launch of Mei Fong’s book on the One Child Policy ➚.
The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is a private business school in Beijing that puts out the best information on the economy “as it really is” that I have yet come across. Their newsletter - CKGSB Knowledge - offered recently Is There a Smart Way to Decipher Official China Statistics? ➚ .
The SACU 2016 50th Anniversary Tour to China is now confirmed and will depart Heathrow for Beijing on October 16th. We anticipate that our party will consist both of members visiting China for the first time and those who have visited many times so our itinerary will be planned to meet the interests of both groups. In addition to visiting the attractions for which China is famous - the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terra Cotta Warriors - we will also be involved with a number of visits and engagements with the CPAFFC, with SACU members resident in Beijing and with George Hogg commemoration activities in Fengxian (outside Xian). In Beijing, Professor Sun Hua of the Edgar Snow Centre at Peking University has invited our group for a campus tour.
From Beijing we will take an overnight express train to Xian on October 21st and will drive to Fengxian for two days on the 25th. We return to Xian on the 27th and leave by air for Shanghai on the 28th. We plan to return to the UK from Shanghai on November 1st.
Some of the individual events within the itinerary are still being finalised but the outline is confirmed. The cost will be £2,250 per person, which includes all meals, good hotels, entry fees and transportation and our carrier is Finn Air. Our agent is Janice Dickson, a SACU and Scotland China Association (SCA) member and a professional travel agent who has managed several of these trips before. You must be a SACU or Meridian Society member to join us and if you would like more information, or to tentatively reserve a place, please let me know.
SACU member Penny Robbins, along with fellow artists Ruth Yang, Elizabeth Jackson and Ian Honeysett, is exhibiting China-themed paintings, textiles and photographs ➚ at an exhibition at the Central Library, Islington N5 1PF from June 16th to the 20th. Exhibition hours are from 9:30am each day except Sunday (1 pm).
Two upcoming events at LSE address the significance of China to the world in the 21st century. The first, on May 26th, is titled The History of China’s Future and speakers are LSE’s Chair of International Relations Professor William Callahan, Leigh Junco also of LSE and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine. “Panelists will discuss how people increasingly look China’s modern turbulent history for clues about what the world will be like in the 21st century”. The second, on June 1st, is Industrial Development - China and Africa, exploring “the strengths and pitfalls of China’s growth model and the lesson for African industrial development”. Professors Chang-Tai Hsieh, Chicago, and John Sutton, LSE, will speak.
For information on these events email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 020 7955 6043
The 2016 Chinese Visual Festival is under-way at the BFI Southbank, Bertha DocHouse and King's College London from 11th to 20th of May.
“The festival will be screening more than 30 films from around the Chinese language speaking world, including fiction, documentaries, art cinema and shorts from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. A number of high-profile guests will visit London for the festival,”
Further details and programme see here ➚
Finally a note from OxPolicy, the independent Oxford Student think tank, requests SACU members' assistance.
“ We are conducting research on racial bullying of British-Chinese students in secondary schools and universities. We realize that the British-Chinese community gets little attention by the government and academics alike. Therefore, our aim is to get a better understanding of the treatment of the British-Chinese community in schools, and propose policy measures which can be taken to reduce racial bullying. Our reports are accessible to everyone and can serve as a foundation for future projects aimed at cultivating cultural cooperation within wider UK society.
We would welcome your cooperation on this project. We are looking for respondents to our survey, and if you could distribute our questionnaires through your social media (facebook, newsletter), it would allow us to gather invaluable data from a larger population. Of course, any other help that you can offer will be greatly appreciated as well.”
For further information, or to contribute to the study, please respond to Martin Miklos at email@example.com
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