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The Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU) was founded over 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, archive 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.

Winter 2016 issue of China Eye available online.
Read about the ‘Taste of Beijing’ which SACU helped bring to London in September 2016.
Read the latest news stories about China in our Sinofile column.

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December 2016/January 2017

We have a number of events occurring at SACU, KCL’s Lau China Institute, and SOAS that will be of interest to members this month.

On January 11th, we will remember one of our earliest and most enthusiastic members, Carol Hughes, who died recently (see China Eye Autumn 2016 pp 14 -15). Carol made two trips to China in the 1970s with SACU and was a social activist, a poet, and an art teacher. In the group photo of the 1977 SACU Delegation on the attached flyer, Carol is in the front row, 2nd from the right. Ros Wong, who is taking bookings for this event, notes that she “had the rather strange experience of seeing a much younger version of myself looking out from that same photo as I was on the same delegation - I am in the front row, far left! ”

The event takes place between 6:30 and 8:30 at the Bloomsbury Gallery (round the corner from the British Museum) and the cost to SACU and Meridian Society members is £10. The event includes Chinese snacks and tea.

See full details on the event see our information page.

The Royal Armouries, Leeds , is presenting China:Eastern Warriors from the 11th to the 19th of February.

“Visitors can enjoy a packed programme of themed activities which will include presentations on: The Terracotta Warriors, the Ming Sword, Marco Polo, Kublai Khan and activities that will include: martial arts performances, calligraphy, music, art workshops......and more. For more information see:

And the Guardian reports that the Terracotta Warriors themselves (or some of them) will be returning to the UK for an exhibition at National Museum Liverpool in 2018

A recent item on the BBC News website notes that the village pub in which Prime Minister David Cameron entertained President Xi Jinping on his recent visit to the UK has now been purchased by SinoFortone Investment, a very large corporation, whose manager director noted "The English pub concept is..... the best way culturally to link people from different countries and build friendships."

Our colleagues at the Belgium-China Association, in association with the Confucius Institute, will celebrate their 60th anniversary in Brussels on the 17th of January with a program of dance titled Dream of Heaven. This event will be a spectacular presentation of Chinese traditional and modern dance and is well worth a trip to Brussels.

The program is described here . For cost and other information see here .

The next SOAS China Institute Forum is an unusual one: Perceptions of China’s Sexual Economy by Professor Harriet Zurndorfer of Leiden University. Monday, 16th January, 5 pm Room G3 SOAS - registration required.

Abstract: This lecture focuses on men and women engaged in China’s sexual economy, which is dominated by the exchange between wealthy and politically influential men and unmarried young women who trade their femininity and sexuality for material wealth and financial security from these men..........

See this page for more details.

Also coming up at SOAS, these forums: on 27th February, “Why are the Chinese media Chinese?” led by SACU member Prof. Hugo de Burgh (University of Westminster) and: “Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Foreign Domination” on March 13th, by Prof. Robert Bickers (University of Bristol)

One of our Beijing-based members, Tamara Treichel, also works for the Xinhua News Agency as a correspondent and feature writer. Tamara joined our group at dinner while we were visiting and she is an excellent and knowledgeable contact for us in Beijing. Tamara has written a review for Xinhua of Andrew Hicks’ FAU book (A True Friend To China) whose theme of friendship in difficult circumstances made it a very appropriate gift to several of the organisations we met with.

The review is on this page .

Can you share the benefits of your experience in China with the British Council? We received this letter from Steven Hutt, Head of Outward Mobility at the Council:

............. “I lead on our Generation UK - China campaign, which aims to equip young people in the UK with the skills and knowledge that they need to engage effectively with China and in doing so, help support and strengthen the UK - China relationship. We’re currently conducting a short survey to understand more about the skills that individuals have gained from participating in educational programmes in China. I’m writing to ask for 15 minutes of your time to share your own views.

Your input would be greatly appreciated and your views will help to shape the development and design of programmes used to educate and develop the skills and understanding of young people in the UK in relation to China. We aim to share key findings of the survey and related research in a report due to be published in early 2017. Please follow the link below to start the survey. Thank you for your participation.”....

Thank you to SACU member Dr Michael Tai for this item from The Economist.

Why Britain’s Chinese community has long punched below its weight.

(The observation would also hold true in at least two other English-speaking nations - the USA and Canada - where I have lived and the reasons for it may also be the same.)

Three Clues To Reading The Chinese Economy’s Fortune In 2017. The South China Morning Post offers some predictions for China’s economy that make useful reading .

If the monkeys will just stop throwing wrenches in the gear works we will all be safer.

And here are three items that got tweeted from People’s Daily Online that demand to be broadcast. The first is: Chinese manufacturer builds Titanic replica

The second is some archaeological news from Hangzhou - some truly amazing gold and silver Tang and Song Dynasty utensils.

And finally, a book review from the NY Times that offers a thoughtful take on the options each side has in the developing Trump-era China - US relationship : In the History of US-China Relations, a Pattern of Enchantment and Despair

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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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