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.
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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“Two years into the era of the ‘New Normal’ for China, and half a year into the ‘Golden Age’ of bilateral relations between the UK and the People’s Republic.”........the Lau China Institute’s most recent newsletter ➚ argues that there are better ways to understand what is happening in China than, as has become the habit, through the single lens of GDP. It discusses the alternatives.
Meera Saujani writes ➚ about a current British Council initiative to further popularize Shakespeare in China, led by the actor Sir Ian McKellen.
"Shakespeare is an important ambassador for the UK".
And at the same time, but at very short notice, we received this Open Call from the Confucius Institute at Sheffield University:
Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu Festival: Theatre Competition The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield and London Confucius Institute SOAS cordially invite you to participate in the theatre competition of the 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu Festival, which is scheduled to take place at the end of November 2016 in London.
We welcome entries in the following two categories:
Category A. If you prefer to perform in English, the play needs to be a Chinese play or China themed (e.g. The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu).
Category B. Any play performed in Mandarin Chinese (e.g. any of Shakespeare’s plays). The competition will be pre-selected based on a proposal of 1000 words maximum. The proposal can be downloaded here ➚.
Size of the company: 5 members maximum. For Category B only, the majority of the company must be students whose native language is not Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese. Length of the play: 30-45 minutes
a. Winners of the pre-selection will be able to claim up to £500 for the production of the play after the competition. Transport cost will also be covered to a maximum of £40 per person.
b. Final winners will receive funding to perform in one of the three cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai or Nanjing.
Please contact: Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield for enquires Email: email@example.com; Tel: 0114 2228447; Address: 5 Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD
Joseph Needham's travel diaries have been digitised and are now available online for the first time in Cambridge University's Cambridge Digital Library. This first batch of material from the NRI (Needham Research Institute) archive concentrates on Needham’s travel journals and photographs from his time as Director of the Sino-British Science Cooperation Office in China (SBSCO) from 1943-1946.
Available to view here ➚.
The Cambridge Digital Library plans “to further develop this collection to encompass (Needham’s) subsequent visits to East Asia in the 1950’s-1980’s, (his) correspondence with scientists and historians of science in China and elsewhere, the production of Science and Civilisation in China, as well as Sino-British relations and his many connections to the development of biochemistry, history of science and Sinology in Cambridge."
On Saturday 23rd July the SOAS World Music Summer School will present a Kunqu Opera Course-End Performance from 19:00 to 21:00 in Room DLT, Russell Square, SOAS Main Building.
The Programme includes:
1) Performances by course students of excerpts from The Startling Dream 惊梦 from The Peony Pavilion 牡丹亭
2) Presentations by Mr Chen Rui 陈睿, professional Kunqu male role actor from Nanjing
-Make-up demonstration of the Older Male role (laosheng) and costuming, with explanations of the steps by Kathy Hall
-Performance by Chen Rui of his acclaimed role in Cries from the Prison from The Story of the Horse-Seller 贩马记 - 哭监
This dramatic and moving excerpt will be accompanied by musicians: Ying Wan, Ruard Absaroka, Jack Footitt and Tung Hon Lam.
The scene will be assisted by Kathy Hall in the role of the prisoner’s daughter.
Admission is free however children under 6 are not admitted. Online registration is required via this Eventbrite link ➚.
Thanks to Stephanie Jackson of Generation UK: China Network for this item "Can China Innovate?" ➚It looks at some of the ideas and products coming out of the high-tech area of Shenzhen, China's Silicon Valley.
Unearthing Durham, a free one day conference on July 23rd from 10:00 to 16:00
To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology and the rich archaeological heritage of Durham the Museum of Archaeology is hosting a one-day conference to bring together the community who are involved with researching and uncovering the archaeology of the region.
Free to attend (but booking essential - see below)
Durham University has approximately 10,000 Chinese items and artefacts either on display or in storage and available to qualified researchers. You can view the Museum's Chinese collection on this page ➚.
To reserve a place at the conference email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Society is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £99,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) toward a commemoration project of the contribution made to WW1 by the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC).
To begin the project TMS will be holding a number of workshops in July for those interested in contributing or participating.
Dates and details of the project are here ➚.
If you have never visited the Panda Research Centre in Chengdu, the organisation's web site is the next best thing ➚ () but the page with the best collection of panda videos may well be this one, from Lost at E Minor ➚.
Who can resist a panda? Let's hope they don't start mugging people.
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