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November/December 2015

On Wednesday, November 25th, at the People’s History Museum in Manchester (M3 3ER) SACU and UClan Confucius Institute will present “Britain - China Peoples Links in World War Two”. This presentation will explore the contribution made to the struggle against Japanese and German aggression by the China Campaign Committee (CCC) and the Chinese Merchant Seamen’s Reserve Pools. Speakers are Tom Buchanan, the author of East Wind: China and the British Left, who also spoke at SACU’s 50th anniversary event in May, and SACU members Charles and Yvonne Foley who set up Half and Half a network for the families of Chinese seamen who were compulsorily repatriated after the war. You can reserve a space and read a full description of the event programme here .

SACU member Professor Kerry Brown returned to the UK this month from the University of Sydney, where he was Director of the China Studies Centre. Kerry is the new Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London.

Kerry will be delivering a keynote speech at The UK-China Culture Exchange - 2nd Global China Dialogue: Transculturality and New Global Governance which is fast approaching (on 23-24 November). This event will cover the following themes:

Also on Wednesday the 25th, in London at King’s College Strand Campus, there will be a screening of the documentary ALL EYES AND EARS, “A timely exploration into the complex links between the U.S. and China” in room K2.31 (the Nash Lecture Theatre), starting at 6pm.

All are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary. Further information about this film can be found on the website .

The Lau Institute sponsors events and seminars which you can find at this page .

Caixin Online had two stories in the past month that may be of interest to SACU members. The first recounts how, “eight years ago, suspicious health officials apparently fearing a foreign espionage plot prevented Chinese psychiatrists from collaborating with U.S. and British counterparts on a major study of depression.”

Researchers at Oxford and Virginia Commonwealth University persisted in involving Chinese hospitals in the study, however, and this story is the result: Spy Claims Fade as Chinese Decipher Depression

The second concerns Wuzhen, a water town about an hour’s drive hour from Shanghai and how it is turning itself in to an international theatre festival fixture. "When an ancient town meets good drama, it creates an amazing result," Taiwan director Stan Lai Shengchuan, who has been a regular at the Wuzhen International Theater Festival since its launch in 2013, said.” The October timing of the festival makes it a possible add-on to the SACU 2016 tour now in its planning stages. (Details will follow)

Ancient Water Town Turns In To Stage For World Theatre

On Monday 7th December, the SOAS China Institute presents a seminar titled State Power and the Confucian Classics: The Mengzi jiewen 孟子節文 and Truth Management under the First Ming Emperor by Professor Bernhard Fuehrer (SOAS, University of London in the Djam Lecture Theatre, Russell Square.

Also at SOAS, on December 3rd, 17:00 to 19:00, a film Li Manshan: Portrait of a Folk Daoist, presented by Dr Stephen Jones of SOAS. “This moving portrait of the diverse activities of Li Manshan and his group serving their local community in a rapidly changing rural China will fascinate anthropologists, scholars of Daoism and folk religion, world-music aficionados, and all those interested in Chinese society.”

SOAS Forums are free and open to the public, no booking required. Please note that admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and detailed information about seminar contents are here

Chinese Visual Festival: Call for Entries 2016 Announced. “There is no restriction on the types of moving images that will be accepted, including documentaries, feature films, short films, animations and art videos. As a leading event promoting Chinese-language creativity, we will only accept entries from filmmakers and artists who are citizens and residents of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, as well as from the Chinese diaspora.”

Further information here

SACU member Anne Allan, who also chairs the Yorkshire chapter of Chinese Brush Painters’ Society, has circulated an invitation to Leeds-area members from calligrapher Vivian Ng for an introductory rate (until November 28th) to her calligraphy classes. Contact Vivian directly at for more information if interested.

Anne’s invaluable monthly newsletter also notes an exhibition at the Ashmolean (Oxford): Tasting China - Food and Drink in Chinese Art, which runs to the 14th February, 2016 with free admission.

Thanks to SACU member Tomiko Morley, who monitors ‘Green China’ issues, for the following stories:

Argentina has signed deals with China for the construction of the Latin American country's fourth and fifth nuclear power plants. The agreements were signed yesterday by the president of Nucleoel?ctrica Argentina SA (NASA), Jose Luis Antunez, and the head of China's China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), Quian Zhimin, on the sidelines of the G20 summit taking place in the Turkish coastal resort of Antalya. The projects are worth around $15 billion and China will contribute 85% of the required financing..."

And: "China is quickly becoming a world leader in solar power"

Further info on China's efforts in power generation with solar and wind:

And thanks to SACU member Penny Robbins for this information:

“Michael Wood has been making a series of 6 programmes for the BBC on 'The Story of China' which is due to be broadcast next spring. He's looking at it through the history of families - his original inspiration came from Frank Ching's book "Ancestors" - tracing his Qin family. In HK Frank uses the name Ching. I heard Michael Wood speak at the British Library, where they also have a small exhibition "Beyond Paper: 3000 years of Chinese writing" which opened in September, no closing date.”

The UK Chinese Brush Painters Society has further information on ‘Beyond Paper’ here .

Running through November at the Cardiff Story Museum in the Old Library (CF10 1BH) is The Chinese Community in Cardiff, “the history of the Chinese Community in Cardiff, the impact they have had on the city, their culture and traditions and ongoing story.”

More information here .

SACU members will know of George Hogg, in whose memory SACU VP Dr. Jenny Clegg is working to establish a fund whose objective is to promote and advance the education of the Chinese people in aspects of Britain and the British people. Hogg’s 700-mile flight across northern China in 1944 from the advancing Japanese, with the 60 orphans he cared for, provided the story for the 2008 film The Children of Huang Shi. Hogg was portrayed in the film by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Gorge Hogg was a writer, a journalist and a teacher as well as an humanitarian aid worker and one of his most significant contributions to the China he loved was his involvement with the Gung Ho Chinese Industrial Cooperative (CIC) movement. He took on the job of CIC Secretary at the invitation of Rewi Alley and was headmaster of the Baillie Co-operative technical training school in Shuangshipu, Shanxi province in 1942.

President Xi specifically mentioned the contributions made to mutual understanding by Joseph Needham in his Guildhall speech ( and by George Hogg at the Buckingham Palace banquet ( during his UK visit. Thanks to Rob Stallard for these links (we had one from Jenny too but that seems to have reverted to ‘private viewers only’ status for unknown reasons (

Finally, our man in Beijing, SACU member Michael Crook. invites all SACU members, friends and supporters in the Beijing area to attend the 50/70/100 reception he is hosting at the Soong Ching Ling Residence in the Shichahai area on Saturday, 21st November from10 am to 11:30 am. There will be a talk describing the contributions made to Anglo-Chinese understanding by some notable Brits which will be followed by lunch. Michael notes that parking is also available.

The event will simultaneously commemorate the 50th anniversary of SACU, the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War Two and the 100th anniversary of George Hogg’s birth.

Please RSVP to Michael at if you would like to attend.

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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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