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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.

Our Magazine section has extracts from the latest issue of China Eye including contents of all issues over the last ten years.

About China is a reference resource with over 400 web pages of information about China. Including language, history, geography, archive photographic gallery and traditions.

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.

Talk on Bertram Russell and China (and SACU AGM) 15th July 2017 - details here.
Meridian Shandong tour 15th to 29th October 2017 - details here.
Spring 2017 issue of China Eye available online.
Read the latest news stories about China in our Sinofile column.

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June - July 2017

Saturday, July 15th, in room K4U.12 at the Strand Campus of King's College London

Presentation by Tony Simpson, editor of The Spokesman, the journal of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and Professor Sun Hua of Peking University, on Bertrand Russell and China: New Directions in Anglo-Chinese Understanding.

It is not well known that Russell visited China in 1920-21, touring widely and giving lectures.

“What views did this foremost English progressive form about China’s condition? And in what ways did his encounter with China open new dimensions in Anglo-Chinese understanding at the time, shaping perceptions to the present day?”

Our host for this event is the Lau China Institute. It will be held in Room K4U.12 at the Strand Campus of KCL from 2:30 to 4 pm. Refreshments will be available from 2 pm to 2:30. Our friends from the Guangwha Bookshop will have a display of related books.

Free event; All welcome.

Please make your reservation for the event at the Eventbrite page .

For those of us who had forgotten when Deep Blue, IBM’s chess-playing programme, defeated world champion Gary Kasparov in 1997, this news will remind us.

“Within four hours, Chinese national (and World Go champion) Ke Jie had surrendered to AlphaGo, losing for the second time in their three-game match pitting the old against the new. A third and final game will take place on Saturday, where the best that Ke, who will turn 20 in August, can hope is to save a little face for both himself and humanity.

It didn't happen. Alpha Go wiped the floor with Ke Jie as it thundered to three in a row. So humanity is probably doomed.”

SACU member Jian Goh wrote in to remind us that “Every year London China Town organise the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.... a good opportunity........ to raise awareness to corporates and many other people who are interested in Chinese culture and businesses.....It is an extremely good sport for team building too.”

For more general information see this page

If you would like to join in, The Meridian Society “is participating in the Dragon Boat Festival as part of our project on the Chinese Labour Corps supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund”.

Whether or not you feel up to rowing though TMS invites friends, members and supporters to join them for the Festival on Sunday the 25th of June at London Regatta Centre, 1012 Dockside Rd, London E16 2QD

Caixin Global has an interesting, semi-humorous, piece on the “gaokao” in which elements of traditional and modern society combine to suggest a prediction of where the future application of AI (artificial intelligence) to ‘white collar industries’ is likely to originate.

“The event spotlights the country’s recent obsession with all things high-tech, as it seeks to move up the value chain away from its traditional strength in low-tech manufacturing.”

This newsletter has previously mentioned the resource to academics, and non-academics with specialty interests, that the SSRN (Social Science Research Network) represents. In the last few years, SSRN has floated a number of subsidiary networks among them the AARN (Anthropology and Archaeology Network) which offers papers like this one , from a UC Berkeley economist, which is a discussion of the origin of the state in China, Egypt and the New World. Freely downloadable upon registration (which is also free).

SACU member Anne Allan, Chair of the Chinese Brush Painters Society (Yorkshire), has a couple of unmissable sessions coming up on the 15th and 16th of July:

“We are delighted that both Kaili Fu and her husband Xuzhuang Li are coming to run workshops for our Group. Kaili trained in Chinese Art at Anhui Teachers' University where she was the top student in her year........On the Saturday, she will teach us how to paint bamboo with sparrows in the morning followed by lotus with a kingfisher in the afternoon in freestyle.

Dr Xuzhuang Li is a lecturer at the College of Humanities, Exeter University, teaching Mandarin Chinese language and supervising master degree students in translation theory and practice. He also teaches Chinese Mah Jhong, Chinese chess and Chinese calligraphy...... he is going to guide us in our study of the essential skill of both standard and running script styles whilst giving us background information on calligraphy.”

Please visit web site for further information.

The University of Manchester is hosting a June 26th Monday Lunchtime Talk: How is Social Media Changing China?

“In this talk, Prof Lifen Zhang, journalist, author and broadcaster will explain why, in his view, social media, the national obsession and blessing, presents a dilemma to the government and the state of journalism in China.”

Free, public invited: more information: and later in the summer, a September event:

The Nottingham Confucius Institute at the University of Nottingham will host China at the Crossroads: Economic Challenges and Opportunities on the 6th and 7th of September.

“With its ongoing reforms and key role in the world economy, China stands at a crossroads in its economic development. Slowing GDP growth suggests it may be approaching a new stage of development, where future growth will become more reliant on innovation and human capital rather than efficiency gains from reform and physical capital accumulation.”

Please contact for registration information

Academics, and academic recruiters take note, this will become a trend as China develops and exports its ‘soft power’:

“Construction at the first-ever overseas campus built by a Chinese university, Xiamen University Malaysia, is nearing its halfway mark.”

More information here

The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield has developed a programme to keep our children engaged (and potentially lethal) this summer, throughout August.

Kung Fu, Dance and Chinese Games for children aged 7-12 and Mandarin Summer Summer School for children aged 5-16 plus ongoing learning programmes for parents

and on a more serious note:

On June 30th, the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds hosts China and Brexit: Let’s Talk Trade, Investment and Finance

“What is the voice of business and international business experts on the imperatives for the UK? What stance might China take in the future as Britain cuts its ties with the EU? What hope does China represent in terms of business opportunities? Will Chinese investment (FDI) in the UK continue and gain momentum or will it be directed to other major European business centres?”

This is a London event. Registration information here :

SACU members with an interest in or experience of Dunhuang may be interested in this SOAS China Institute event on June 20th, which looks at Chinese Buddhist mortuary inscription led by Dr Wendi Adamek (Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies, University of Calgary).

“Over the course of two sessions, we will read the Baoshan 寶山 (Henan) mortuary inscription for the monk Huixiu 慧休 (547-646). The inscription combines an ode dedicated by a close disciple and a longer inscription commissioned by an imperial patron. ”

China Dialogue, which writes about the environment and the effort to save it, has long followed China’s developing green technology industries. There is also a developing market (and a market opportunity) for environmental monitoring products:

“China’s market for environment-related technologies has experienced very rapid growth in recent years. China’s tightening environmental policy is the central driving force behind this development. A case in point is the market for environmental monitoring.”

For further information see here .

Finally, SACU member Grace Zhao publishes an irreverent and lively newsletter with which she publicises her business “China Unbound”, a Mandarin-language tutoring, translation and interpreting service. The newsletter includes poems, recipes and business tips (in English) as well as plugs for Grace’s services.

You can read a copy here - - or contact Grace directly at China Unbound .

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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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