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January 2021

The May Fourth Movement and its Cultural Impact: a SACU ChinaChat

January 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SACU ChinaChat online event for SACU members:  The May Fourth Movement and its Cultural Impact,  a discussion led by Rob Stallard and Michael Sheringham, Thursday 21 January, 6.00-7.00 pm   An online presentation and discussion on the May Fourth Movement, the patriotic protests at the end of WW1 and the literary/cultural movement that accompanied it.   Rob Stallard, SACU Vice President and a long-standing member of SACU, has written many articles for China Eye and produces his own series of online histories of China and aspects of Chinese life and culture.   Michael Sheringham has also been a long-standing member of SACU and regularly contributes…

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February 2021

SACU Council and Working Groups Meetings, Saturday 20 February 2021

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SACU Council (morning) and three Working Groups Meetings (afternoon). The next meeting of SACU's Council of Management takes place on Saturday 20th February, 11.00am - 1.00pm by Microsoft Teams. A Calendar Invite will be sent to SACU Council members In the afternoon, all SACU members are invited to join one of SACU's three Working Groups meetings by Zoom. 2.30 Welcome 2.45 Break up into Working Group meetings 3.30 Council meeting reconvened 4.00 Meeting close The three groups are: Public Education (led by Zoe Reed) Membership Support and Development (led by Ros Wong) China Connections and Heritage (led by Fang Wang). Agendas…

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March 2021

Neil Taylor in conversation with SACU Archivist Linxi Li

March 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SACU ChinaChat Series - "Your Stories with China": Neil Taylor in conversation with SACU Archivist Linxi Li There was a time in the 1960s and 1970s when travel to China by Westerners was very limited. At this pivotal stage of its modern development, SACU offered one of the only ways of going on a tour to China. Strange to say now, participants needed to pass an interview before being considered to go on the tour, so it was a rare opportunity. The opening of China in 1980s generated a wider public interest and SACU, which was able to expand tours,…

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April 2021

Standing Up To Sinophobia: from Fu Manchu to Bat Soup

April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The increase in hate crime against Chinese people is alarming. As an organisation with the mission to build friendship and understanding between the peoples of China and the UK, it is important that we provide a platform and facilitate dialogue that will help understand this terrible feature of British society and work with others to tackle it. Dr Jenny Clegg SACU Vice-President will open the event with a presentation on Fu Manchu. A distinguished panel will look at the distinctive nature of Sinophobia and how we might tackle it: Dr Diana Yeh Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Culture and the Creative Industries and…

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May 2021

Michael Sheringham: Living and Teaching in Beijing in the 1970s – SACU ChinaChat Series “Your Stories with China”

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Michael Sheringham will be in conversation with SACU Archivist Dr Linxi Li on his experiences of living and teaching in Beijing. This is the latest in our series "Your Stories with China" SACU ChinaChats. Michael studied Chinese at Durham and Cambridge Universities, becoming an active SACU member in its early years after 1967. Michael joined the 1971 SACU tour  and he was invited to teach English at Peking University (Beida) in 1972, staying there until 1978. This was the period of the 'Revolution in Education', which he experienced at first hand. He will illustrate his talk with his own photographs. Saturday 15th…

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SACU Council and Working Groups Meetings Saturday 22 May 2021

May 22 @ 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 22 May 2021, 11.00am - 1.00pm by Zoom. The Agenda and papers with embedded Zoom link have been sent to SACU Council members. 2.30-4.00pm: All SACU members are invited to join SACU's Working Groups meeting by Zoom. For this meeting the three working groups will meet together to discuss and programme 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…

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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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