From Old London to New Milton Keynes: Chinese Identities in Britain

On Saturday 20thJuly 2019, following our morning AGM, we held an afternoon event jointly with our partner The Meridian Society, in St Columba’s Church in Knightsbridge. Our event included talks and a film, timed to coincide with the Lao She symposium held earlier this year in Beijing to commemorate the 120thanniversary of the birth of novelist and playwright Lao She. He was one of 20thcentury China’s most significant literary figures who came to London in 1924 to teach Chinese at the School of Oriental Studies (now SOAS). Out of the four years he lived here, came his novel Mr. Ma […]

The Story of China with Professor Michael Wood

We were delighted that Professor Michael Wood could join us on Friday 15 March to talk on ‘The Story of China’. Illustrated with film clips, Michael reflected on some of the themes in his recent highly-praised series on Chinese history. He also gave us a preview of his forthcoming film on the 40th anniversary of Deng’s Reform and Opening up. SACU is grateful to EY (Ernst & Young) for their generous support of this event at their prestigious offices in Canary Wharf. The film team from China Minutes interviewed Michael just before his talk:- Here is a short introduction on Facebook (3 minutes): […]

Jessica Darling speaks at SACU ChinaCafé

2019 SACU ChinaCafé Series is underway: SACU ChinaCafe 1 took place on 19 February 2019. The theme of this year’s three café-style meetings is ‘Health and Wellbeing’, co-hosted by the Lau China Institute, King’s College London (KCL) at Bush House, Strand Campus. SACU and the Lau are working in partnership to create a UK-Chinese understanding of Health and Wellbeing with a particular focus on supporting KCL students and their mental health needs. Our first session featured Jessica Darling who spent her childhood in China with her father Dr Joshua S. Horn, author of Away with All Pests: An English Surgeon in People’s […]

Joseph Needham SACU / Peking University Essay Competition Awards 2018

And the winner is …! On Tuesday 4 December the Awards Ceremony of the ‘Joseph Needham China / UK Friendship and Understanding SACU / Peking University Essay Competition’ took place at Oundle School in Northamptonshire.   Oundle School is the former school of Professor Joseph Needham of Cambridge University who founded SACU, with others, in 1965. SACU is proud to be associated with Professor Joseph Needham and has a longstanding relationship with Oundle School which houses SACU’s archives.   SACU and Peking University jointly sponsor the annual essay competition on the theme of friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples […]

George Hogg SACU / Peking University Essay Competition Awards 2018

  It is Awards Season again! On the evening of Wednesday 28thNovember, the Awards Ceremony of the ‘George Hogg China / UK Friendship and Understanding SACU / Peking University Essay Competition’ took place at St George’s School in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.   George Hogg (1915-1945) grew up in Harpenden and attended St George’s School. He was a journalist reporting in wartime China and a vocational teacher who ran a school for war orphans. He is celebrated in China for his work in the wartime co-operative movement with a museum and memorial to him in rural North West China.   SACU and […]

ICCIC Delegation visit UK, 26-30 September 2018

  SACU welcomed an ICCIC delegation for their short stay, 26th-30th September, which they made as part of the 80th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese Industrial Co-operatives – Gung Ho movement. For this trip the delegation wanted to follow in the footsteps of George Hogg. ICCIC stands for the International Committee for the Promotion of Chinese Industrial Co-operatives (Gung-Ho-ICCIC) ( which has been helping people establish member-owned co-operative enterprises since 1937. In an extremely short trip the delegation managed to visit all the main British sites associated with George Hogg (1915-1945), journalist, vocational teacher and key player […]

Team SACU raises money for the George Hogg Education Fund

Congratulations to Team SACU! SACU Treasurer Yuan Gao and SACU Council member Cai Chen teamed with friends She Zhou, Yunxi Xu and Amally Ding to run the Music Fun Run on Saturday 21 April 2018, raising £60 for the George Hogg Education Fund. The SACU team ended in 27th position out of 48 teams in the Team Relay with a total team time of 50.35 minutes. CUKRUN is a not-for-profit Chinese community running club in London which generously offered to help SACU’s fundraising at this running event by donating the team’s registration costs to the George Hogg Education Fund. The […]

SACU’s Early Days – Spring Social 2018

SACU members, long-standing and new, had a chance to get together at the SACU Spring Social, held on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at the Strand Campus of King’s College London. This was the first of this year’s SACU ChinaCafés, members-only events with informal discussions and refreshments. Anyone interested in SACU is welcome to come along to a SACU ChinaCafé and join on the evening and we were delighted to welcome several new members at this event. The theme for the evening was “SACU’s early days”. Zoe Reed, our Chair, gave an introduction to SACU and its early days for the benefit […]

Zoe Reed Speaks at Charity Auction

Our Chair, Zoë Reed, attended a charity auction organised by the Sino-British Cultural Exchange Society on Sunday 11th March 2018 in favour of the Ensuring We Remember Campaign to erect a memorial to the 96,000 Chinese Labour Corps involved in WW1. She was invited to speak at the opening and said she was delighted to bring greetings from SACU to such an important Campaign chaired by Steve Lau. The event was conducted in Chinese to a Chinese audience and so our Chair made a special mention of SACU’s aim now to particularly invite Chinese people into membership. She explained that SACU […]

Sightseeing, family and SACU Business – a trip to China 2017

Our Chair, Zoë Reed was on holiday and visiting family in China in October 2017. Zoë and her husband, Richard Poxton, spent a week in Yunnan before travelling to Lanzhou. In Lanzhou they visited Zoë’s sister Sun Kun, her husband Geng Xiaohu and their daughter Geng Chanjuan and her husband Qu Deye. After Lanzhou they travelled to Beijing. During the trip Zoë also carried out SACU business and this is reported here (Editor’s note) Lanzhou City University (LZCU) Opening Ceremony Rewi Alley Memorial Hall As part of the celebrations of 120 years since Rewi Alley’s birth, the LZCU had built […]