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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.

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

Some places are still left on our 50th anniversary tour of China including Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai.
Summer 2016 issue of China Eye (50th Issue) available online.
Read the latest news stories about China in our Sinofile column.
You can now download and read the report on our 50th Anniversary event that was held last May on our 50th Anniversary page.

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July/August 2016

“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:; 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."

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.

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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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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