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November 2014

Prof. Jim Yip

SACU member Professor Yau Jim Yip, Director of Special Projects at the University of Salford, has been shortlisted in the Education category of the 2014 Asian Professional Award. Jim's cv and history of achievement is detailed at and though voting is now closed you can still show support for his candidacy at the page. The award ceremony takes place tomorrow evening, the 27th of November, at the Emirates Stadium in London.

From a recent issue of Caixin Online: “In China it is said that there are three types of people: men, women and women with a PhD”. The Yellow Pearls of China: Women with a PhD, at
Ming vase

Thank you to the Meridian Society for organizing our tour to the Ming Exhibition at the British Museum on October 31st The initial tour date was oversubscribed and a second visit has been scheduled for December 11th following which will be the Society's Annual Christmas Dinner at Yang's Palace on Bloomsbury Way in London. Please contact the Meridian Society at if you would like further information.

And on December 14th, the Rotherham Wah Hong Chinese Association is planning a children's Christmas party at 2pm at the Unity Centre in Rotherham. For further details, please contact Jo Mailer at

Chinese students make up about 20% of all overseas students worldwide, according to the Economist, but only about a third actually return to China. A recent study found that of the students who gained their doctorate in the USA in 2006, 85% were still there in 2011. In “A Matter of Honours”, the newspaper reports on the effort now under-way in China to upgrade the country's institutions and reverse the brain drain. (Thanks to SACU member John L. in Hong Kong for the link):|e

SACU Speakers Bureau. Several members have suggested recently that SACU should invite members interested in offering (non-political) talks on China to schools and community groups to participate in a formal Speakers Bureau This would replace the informal arrangement we have traditionally had of matching requests to whatever Council member was available and had the necessary expertise. The state of knowledge about China in our secondary schools is, to put it kindly, generally lacking. We have many authors, teachers and lecturers among our membership as well as members with considerable experience of living and working in China. If you are interested in participating in a Bureau, could you please let me know (

Chinese brush painting Chinese brush painting

The Chinese Brush Painter's Society (Yorkshire) is offering a free painting workshop led by members Vanessa and Anne with Jeremy Lenighan and Lawrence Brown on Saturday, December 13th, 10 am to 4 pm at Pool-In-Wharfedale Village Memorial Hall. The session will examine some of the brush paintings collected by Jeremy, followed by a look at how to plan compositions painted on fans. The fans will be provided. Lunch will be a shared buffet. A selection of Qing dynasty-era paintings will be offered for sale by Lawrence. For more details and directions please contact Anne Allen at by December 6th.

3D printed houses

On a recent school tour I observed a 3D printing machine as it created a small plastic flask. I later come across an article on the Al Jazeera web site which referenced an extraordinary story - - about a firm in Shanghai which is actually printing houses using the same technology, but on a much larger scale, to create affordable housing for less than $5000 (30,000 RMB) a unit to provide relief for victims of natural disasters.

Punk art

The Lau China Institute at King's College London is presenting Punk China: Art, Politics and Freedom from 6:30 to 8 pm on Tuesday, December 9th at the Strand Campus. More details of this and forthcoming events at

The Chopsticks Club annual Christmas party and dinner will be on Tuesday, December 9th and will have author Mark Kitto talking about the 'Perils of Publishing in China'. The dinner will be at the Golden Phoenix restaurant on Gerrard Street, London. More details of the event and the speaker at

Finally, for this month, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the New York Times have put together an interesting series of documentaries, called “China Rising”, that highlight the 21st century charge the country is making. The series starts with 'City of Dreams' (Shanghai) and is available on YouTube at

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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
Dim Sum   A range of news and cultural topics serving the U.K. Chinese community.
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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