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.
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.
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The “Taste of Beijing” continues on Thursday, September 15th with a free cultural exchange event in the Conference Centre of the British Library to which you are invited. There will be a number of activities running throughout the day including a fabulous display of 500 books published by Beijing Publishing Group; an exhibition of photographs and information about “Chinese Wartime Science: through the lens of Joseph Needham”; footage from a contemporary documentary on the 2013 anniversary tour following the footsteps of Joseph Needham from Chongqing to Dunhuang; analysis and reflections from Dr Frances Wood, former Head of the British Library China. Please join us if you can. section; a talk and discussion with John Moffett of the Needham Research Institute about Joseph Needham in Wartime China, plus a rare opportunity to see one of the unique films about China by the celebrated film-maker, Felix Greene.
Continuing his extraordinary pace of publishing a new book every six months - or so it seems - Lau China Centre Director and SACU member Dr. Kerry Brown's latest book, with co-author Simone van Nieuwenhuizen, is China and the New Maoists (Asian Arguments) and is now available here ➚ .
.... and welcome to SACU membership Ena Niedergang, author of "Wales-China: 250 Years of History"
"The author sets out to recognize the remarkable people and events that have bound these two nations together. This rich history is both varied and, in many cases, has proved to be significant to the evolution of the ‘Dragon Nations’. Such a contribution towards this history included that made by missionaries, the military, coalminers, governors, traders, a clockmaker and on and on. The links with China are amazing. Wales and China. ‘WALES CHINA 250 YEARS OF HISTORY’ sets out to chronicle the unique history and contribution made by two ancient and fascinating nations". - Professor Prys Morgan, Swansea
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Western firms sometimes use the fallback explanation for when they experience failure in the China market: the game was rigged against us. The Economist takes a more analytical view ➚ in their August 6th issue. In “China’s Tech Trailblazers” they advise “the Western caricature of Chinese internet firms needs a reboot”. Why did Uber fail in China? Because Uber was, says the Economist, out-competed.
The SACU 2016 50th Anniversary tour to Beijing-Xian-Shanghai with an excursion to Fengxian to visit George Hogg-related sites is now confirmed and reserved but we are able to hold a couple more places open for late comers for a few more days. This will be a spectacular trip and if you would like to join us in mid-October see here for details.
Is Hong Kong ready for Climate Change? Here's an essay ➚ for our Hong Kong members from China Dialogue looking at the city's defences and preparations.
“Despite huge investments in flood defences, residents fear how this low-lying metropolis will cope with rising seas and sweltering temperatures, writes Mike Ives.”
And for our members studying the impact of China’s investment in Africa, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies provides a series of policy briefs that indicate an overwhelmingly constructive influence ➚.
The link above includes a You Tube video displaying the electronic version of the scroll (in which the characters actually move around while on their errands!) that was created for exhibit in the China Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo in 2010.
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