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June 2021

Education as a Bridge to Anglo-Chinese Understanding: SACU Panel Discussion

June 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

SACU Panel Discussion - SACU's Public Education Working Group has assembled an excellent speaker panel to cover multiple aspects of this vital collaboration. The Expert Panel will discuss education about China in the UK as a 'Bridge to Anglo-Chinese Understanding'.   Panel: Tim Clissold is a well-known writer on China, author of Mr China: a Memoir (2005); China Rules (2014); and most recently Cloud Chamber (2021). He is a Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge University China Centre and a champion of introducing the study of Chinese civilization in schools. Professor David Law is Academic Director, Global Partnerships, at Keele University…

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A Moral Question, A Moral Duty: SACU ChinaChat with Iris Yau

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

SACU ChinaChat meeting for members:  "A Moral Question, A Moral Duty" - Behind the scenes with SACU member Iris Yau, Curator of the exhibition "Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China" currently open at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.   The Exhibition: “Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China” retells one of the largely forgotten histories of the relationship between Britain and China in the 19th Century. It draws on several collections, using artefacts to explore the history of the Opium Wars. Botanical arts and tools, historical artefacts about silk, missionary work and intercultural shared experiences in China recorded by British Missionaries throughout this period…

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SACU-Peking University Essay/Art Competition 2020-2021 Online Awards Ceremony

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

All SACU members are welcome to join with the students from both the UK and China for this year's Awards Ceremony of the Essay/Art Competition, organised jointly by SACU and Peking University. The SACU/ Peking University Essay Competition began in 2015 as part of SACU’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Now in its 5th year, the aim of the competition is to help young people learn about the development of friendship and understanding between the UK and China and to consider how this might be further promoted. The submissions could be an essay or an artistic form, which could involve for example photography,…

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Michael Crook and his mother Isabel from Beijing in Conversation with Dr Frances Wood, SACU Vice President

June 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us, and the SACU-Peking University Essay/Art Competition entrants to hear the amazing story of the Crook family - Isabel is now 104 years old and has lived in China all her life, and with husband David Crook, raising her 3 sons there including Michael. This event is open to the public and follows SACU-Peking University Essay/Art Competition 2020-2021 Awards Ceremony held online for students from both the UK and China.   SACU member Michael Crook, British / Canadian, was born in Beijing in 1951 of British and Canadian parents who met in China. His Canadian mother Isabel was born in Chengdu…

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July 2021

SACU Council and Working Groups Meetings Saturday 31 July 2021

July 31 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SACU Council (morning) and three Working Groups Meetings (afternoon). 11.00am-1.00pm: The next meeting of SACU’s Council of Management takes place on Saturday 31 July 2021, 11.00am – 1.00pm by Zoom. The Agenda and papers with embedded Zoom link will be sent to SACU Council members. 2.30-4.00pm: All SACU members are invited to join SACU’s Working Groups meeting by Zoom to plan the programme of upcoming events. Agendas and Zoom link will be sent out to members who are involved a few days before the meeting. The three groups are: Public Education (led by Zoe Reed) Membership Support and Development (led…

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October 2021

Railways and Reunions – SACU Public Event

October 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wesley Hotel Euston, 81-103 Euston Street
London, NW1 2EZ United Kingdom
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This year our AGM will be preceded by a public event which we are delighted to have jointly organised with the Manchester Consul General of the Chinese Embassy.  In brief we are planning a joint event which we will host to mark the 110th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution.   We will bring together family members of Sun Yat-sen and James Cantlie who played such a critical role in helping Sun Yat-sen when he fled to London in 1896. The event will include:   video film of the Chinese locomotive now located in York Railway Museum Reunion by Zoom between members…

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SACU AGM, Saturday 2 October – in person and by Zoom

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wesley Hotel Euston, 81-103 Euston Street
London, NW1 2EZ United Kingdom
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SACU’s 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held On: Saturday 2 October 2021 At:  12.00 noon after the preceding public event "Railways and Reunions" at the same venue In:  Wesley Conference Hotel, 81-103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ and by Zoom   SACU’s AGM will receive the Annual Report of the Council of Management and the Annual Accounts for 2020. Papers and links have been sent to all members: Minutes of AGM 2020 Annual Report of the Council of Management 2020 Annual Accounts 2020 Proposed Constitution which will become the Constitution for SACU once it is confirmed as a Charitable Incorporated…

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1921 (film) – SACU Co-Sponsors Special Online Screening

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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This is a special online screening of '1921', a full length feature film produced to mark this year's centenary of the Communist Party of China. It is set against the background of the intense class struggle waged by the young Chinese working class in Shanghai in particular. The action also takes us to Moscow, Paris and elsewhere. Key early Chinese communists like Li Dazhao, Chen Duxiu, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping all feature in this not to be missed film. A review by Friends of Socialist China co-editor and SACU member Keith Bennett can be read online. Please note the film is…

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SACU Council and Working Groups meetings, Saturday 16 October 2021 by Zoom

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SACU Council (morning) and three Working Groups Meetings (afternoon). 11.00am-1.00pm: This will be the first meeting of SACU’s Council of Management since the AGM and takes place on Saturday 16 October 2021, by Zoom. The Agenda and papers with embedded Zoom link have been emailed to SACU Council members. 2.30-4.00pm: All SACU members are invited to join SACU’s Working Groups meeting by Zoom to plan the programme of upcoming events and help further SACU's mission. The Agenda with embedded Zoom link was included in the October Members Newsletter, (distributed on Tuesday 12 October). The 3 Working Groups groups are: Public Education…

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The Case for Cross Cultural Dialogues: Webinar Discussion on Literature and Art – SACU in Partnership with Blackfriars Oxford and Georgetown University, USA

October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

In this webinar U.K. historians Professors Michael Wood and Kerry Brown (both SACU members) will discuss their enthusiasm for Chinese literature, art, and performance with Kathryn Temple of Georgetown University and Tong Ping, a native of Chengdu—a city famed for its pandas but also as an intersection of differing Chinese cultures. The discussion will be co-chaired by Michael Scott, who has held fellowships at two Chinese universities and published a book in China on the stories of King Arthur (and SACU member), and Barnaby Powell, SACU Council member, a veteran of development banking in East Asia and co-author of three books…

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