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October 2014

Our colleagues at the Meridian Society have arranged a group visit to the Ming Exhibition at the British Museum beginning 1:30 pm on Friday, October 31st. The tour includes a lecture at the Museum from Professor Craig Clunas (Oxford), who is one of the curators, and the tour will begin at 2:50 pm. Cost is £15 for SACU and Meridian Club members. If you would like to join the tour, please confirm your attendance - by Saturday October 18 - to the Meridian Society's tour organizer Michael Sheringham ( and send your cheque made payable to The Meridian Society to: Annabel Goulding, 5 Mildmay Street, London N1 4AB. If you prefer to pay by direct bank transfer, contact and they will send their bank details to you.

SACU member Dr Kerry Brown, currently leading the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, is developing an innovative way to fund visits of Chinese artists and exhibitions to countries outside China. In this case, the artist is Zheng Guogu, "internationally recognised for large-scale installations that highlight the absurd and often ironic connections between traditional Chinese culture and everyday life". The funding vehicle is a crowdfunding campaign called "Actions for Tomorrow". Information about the artist and the campaign, which may be of interest to cash-short university departments, is here:

What's on at the John Rylands Library in Manchester: In partnership with Center for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), The John Rylands Library presents Harmonious Society ( ), a major exhibition of new commissions and UK premieres shown across Manchester City Centre, as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 2014. Artwork include a sound installation by Samson Young, ceramic dictionaries made by Annie Wan, Wang Yuyang's fascinating 'breathing books', and carpets depicting aerial views of international airports, created by Zhao Yao. The exhibition runs from September 27 to November 23 and admission is free.

The entire population of the UK (63 million) could fit, uncomfortably, in to the urban areas of the three largest Chinese cities Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing (total combined population = 74 million). And all three grow larger each month. He Dongquan, director of the Sustainable Cities Program at the Energy Foundation's Beijing Office asks, in this month's China Dialogue.: "Can China's 13th 5 Year Plan deliver more sustainable cities.?" ( )

Stephanie Morris, of the Chinese Brush Painters' Society Yorkshire (CBPSY) is holding an exhibition of her work throughout November at the Attenborough Nature Centre in Nottingham. Stephanie used Chinese Brush Painting to overcome a stroke which affected her speech, language and memory. She will present demonstrations of her technique on the 4th, 15th, 21st and 29th of November at the ANC. More information available from

Coming up on BBC2, on Sunday October 19th, 9 to 10 pm, and repeated on Wednesday, October 22nd at 11:20 pm, - The Yangtze, last of a series on 'sacred rivers' hosted by Simon Reeves who "travels to China for a trip along the Yangtze, Asia's longest river and the third longest in the world. He follows the route to Dazu, where he sees 50,000 ancient rock carvings. He then takes a river cruise to the Three Gorges Dam - the biggest power station on the planet - before ending his journey in Shanghai, a shining symbol of China's new economic might".

This item seemed indispensable for the newsletter though I am not sure why. A geobiologist from Virginia Tech, in collaboration with researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have found something that puts the entire evolutionary time-line in question. Shuhai Xiao, a professor of geobiology at the Virginia Tech College of Science, talked about how researchers would have to alter their understanding of evolution based on the new evidence. Read more at

The Chopsticks Club is hosting a dinner talk on the Ming Exhibition on Tuesday 18 November given by Art Historian and Lecturer, Ann Haworth. The talk will be one of their regular dinner speaker events at the Imperial China - places limited - and will be followed by a visit to the exhibition on the evening of Friday, 21 November from 6:30 pm. The Club has a limited number of tickets available for this event. Further details at

Finally, an item from the Guardian that we missed from last month's newsletter but worth mentioning in view of the continuing and, to some, inexplicable demand for Shakespeare in China - RSC to translate Shakespeare for Chinese audiences ( )

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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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