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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A talk by Amy Ng, playwright of 'Shangri-La' at Chinese Tea Life Cafe, 21 Museum Street, London WC1A 1JN on Wednesday, 28th September
A SACU member would appreciate help researching Elvire and Michael Lydon. Michael Lydon was Postmaster General in Shanghai during the early 1920s. If you have any suggestions please contact us.
The Chopsticks Club will mark China’s National Day on October 1st by presenting China’s best known classical choral work, the Yellow River Cantata, at Cadogan Hall in London.
“Composed by Xian Xinghai ( 冼星海 ) amid the Japanese occupation of China, Yellow River Cantata is celebrated by the Chinese people in the same way that Handel’s Messiah is celebrated by western music lovers.”
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming will be the guest of honour at this concert for which tickets may be bought either at the website box office or by telephone 020 7730 4500
The Chopsticks Choral Society is a project-based choir that promotes Chinese choral arts and champions works by Chinese composers. They explain more here
The Chopsticks Club events page is here.
Mr Tommaso Gianni, former lecturer on Comparative Martial Arts Cultures at The University of Suwon, will lecture on “The Chinese Culture of Martial Art” at the Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Musem, on Monday, September 26th from 1 to 2 pm. The event is free. More information from the Confucius Institute /University of Manchester web page.
BBC sports correspondent Richard Conway has a 23 minute special report on how China is going to build the team that will win the World Cup by 2050. Given the rapidity with which China progresses its goals, and the sums now being spent on acquiring foreign players, they may get there quicker than we think.The report is available for download from the BBC website until September 27th. It is also downloadable (as of today) from the BBC television iPlayer.
27-29 March 2017 Ethnographie of Islam in China - CALL FOR PAPERS
Recent decades have seen increasing global connectedness and rapid changes in Islamic belief and practice in China, across a sphere characterised by great diversity in histories of transmission, socio-economic factors, language and life-ways. What insights can ethnographic research bring to bear on the nature of these changes? What new perspectives can be gained from fieldwork-based approaches to religious experience and meaning? This international conference aims to bring together scholars working across disciplinary boundaries to examine the benefits and challenges of fieldwork-based ethnographic research on Islam in China. A peer-reviewed, edited volume arising from the conference is planned. Themes for proposals include:
FIELDWORK METHODOLOGIES AND ETHICS UNDERSTANDING THE ISLAMIC REVIVAL IN CHINA CIRCULATION, AUTHORITY AND AUTHENTICITY SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Paper proposals should include a title and an abstract of 300 words, and be sent to Rachel Harris: email@example.com
Deadline: 1 November 2016 Limited funding for travel and accommodation is available to participants who cannot access full support from their home institutions. Please let us know when you submit your proposal if you would like to be considered for this funding.
The Friends’ Lecture Programme for 2016-17 at the Oriental Museum of Durham University has been set and can be downloaded from this page. An event that may be of interest to local SACU members is the Chinese Jades Handling Session led by Curator Rachel Barclay on November 9th.
The Museum newsletter notes that the Mahjong Group at the Museum welcomes new members - either beginners (who will be given training) or experienced players. “If you can play Rummy then you can play Mahjong” - second Sunday of every month at 2pm in the Education Room of the Museum.
SACU member Grace Zhao manages a “Mandarin survival” company that “help(s) companies do better business with China through Chinese language and Chinese business culture courses”
Grace offers discounts for any fellow SACU members interested in taking the courses taught by her company You can read about the courses (and Grace) here.
Check out China Unbound for more information.
The University of Liverpool Confucius Institute “Conversation Exchange Series” has two more events scheduled in October and November. On Wednesday 12th October from 4 to 6 pm:
“This cultural exchange will see us discussing a variety of Chinese singers and their music. Aided by our session lead and vocabulary sheets, we will aim to converse on preferences in musical tastes and share our understanding of music and cultural experiences”
Click here for more information.
If you like to test your knowledge of China with quizzes, or if you need a quick answer to a question, one of the best information sites about China on the internet - whether for schools, businesses or even just individuals poking about looking for entertainment - is Chinasage , a resource developed by SACU Vice President Rob Stallard, whose interest in China's history, culture and language dates from his student days at Cambridge under Professor Joseph Needham.
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