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.
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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Two talks by SACU members have been rescheduled from earlier dates in April and are coming up soon.
Dr Michael Tai will attempt to make sense of the United States’ current policy toward China - and China’s response to that policy - on Wednesday, May 3rd, 6 pm to 8:30 at the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge. Michael’s talk is titled US-China Relations: Is trust possible?....Is bilateral trust possible?
We will have a 30 minute ‘meet and greet’, with coffee or tea, to start the evening and have asked our host, NRI Librarian and SACU member John Moffett, to extend an invitation to join us to the Chinese visiting scholars currently in residence at the NRI. If you have not already reserved a spot, please contact us if you would like to do so. There is no charge to attend. (Flyer attached)
SACU member Ena Niedergang’s April 11 lecture at Swansea Museum has been rescheduled to April 29th, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Ena’s talk is based on her book “Wales China - 250 Years of History” and she will also speak at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth on 3rd May at 1 pm. Admission is free and please email me if you would like further information.
The 2017 Chinese Visual Festival will take place at the BFI Southbank from 2 - 11 May. The Festival begins on May 2nd when multimedia artist and filmmaker Ju Anqi will talk about his career with film critic and expert Tony Rayns and premieres his latest film, Drill Man.
For more information about the Festival and Ju Anqi and to buy tickets click here ➚.
Our second China Cafe of 2017 was another successful and enjoyable meeting. Actor David Yip ➚ talked about his acting and writing career with classical musician Beibei Wang ➚ who described - and demonstrated - what she does.
Our third and final session of this year’s China Cafe series is on May 7th at our room in Zizzi’s overlooking St Katherine Docks. Our speakers will look at the world of business and our guest is the well-known philanthropist and business woman Lady Xuelin Bates. Lady Bates is Chairman of the Walk for Peace Charity Foundation and Secretary General of the UK China Business Association (and many other positions related to business and charity).
For more details see our information page.
As a part of our working relationship, SACU and the Meridian Society organise the China Tour in alternate years. Last October we marked our 50th anniversary with an expedition to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. This coming October, from the 15th to the 29th, the Meridian Society is planning a tour of Shandong Province.....
“.... in many ways the spiritual heart of China; home to Confucius and a mix of Buddhist and Taoist influence with glorious scenery, towering granite peaks and a wild yet welcoming coastline.”
For more details see our information page.
“China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been hailed as “the greatest economic development project ever undertaken”, of huge significance in redefining China’s place in the world through a different kind of globalisation.”
On Saturday May 20th, from 1:30 to 5 pm at the Strand Campus of King’s College London, SACU and the Lau China Institute (of KCL) present a panel discussion and Q&A on China’s New Silk Road - Setting the Terms of an Alternative Globalisation?
SACU members Keith Bennett, Vice-Chairman of the 48 Group Club, and historian Dr Frances Wood will be joined by Mr Shao Zheng, Counsellor for Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning at the London Embassy of the People’s Republic are our speakers. Our Chair is SACU member Dr Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute.
For more details see our information page.
SACU member Anne Allan, who is also Secretary of the Chinese Brush Painters’ Society (Yorkshire) included a reminder to CBPS members in her March newsletter not to neglect the resource offered by the Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces ➚, which we also mentioned in this newsletter two years ago in April 2015. It's worth mentioning again.
On May 9th at the Lau China Institute, King’s College London.
Climate in the Trump Era: Can China Lead?
“With the US in retreat and Europe divided, can China step up and lead? If so, how might it shape global climate action and what can it tell us about how China is changing?
Further details here ➚:.
I first learned about Dezan Shira & Associates, a management consultancy, several years ago while on a business assignment and have found their services helpful. DS reports trends and events in the Asia region, with a focus on China, in their Asia Briefing newsletter. In the 19th April issue they feature “Silk Road Briefing” ➚ a report that provides useful context for SACU members planning to attend our May 20th event, China’s New Silk Road, at King’s College London.
The 15th Annual Conference of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society will be held at Southampton University from the 28th to 30th June 2017.
“Attendance is open to all, with registration fee charged for non-BCLTS members. The conference welcomes international and UK based participants, both members and non-members. We welcome both panel submissions and individual papers. See links below for details of past conferences.”
See here ➚ for conference information
An overdue welcome to membership in SACU to Ms Josepha Richards. Josepha is a multi-tasker - to say the least - and mentions that she has “a twitter account where I share all things China related (@GardensOfChina) and associated Facebook page. Also as president of the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS) I am posting on their facebook quite often.”
Josepha is a PhD candidate at Sheffield and her subject is Chinese garden design (apologies if I did not get that exactly right) about which she also writes a blog ➚ .
At Josepha’s request we are including this Call for participation
BPCS Postgraduate Workshop:How to publish your first monograph or journal article on China.
May 23rd 2017, 14:00-16:00, St Catherine’s College, Ramsden Room, Cambridge UK
Further information here ➚.
On Thursday, 11th of May, from 6 to 8 pm, the SOAS China Institute will host The China Debate.
Beyond Ideologies: China’s Experience in Confronting the Global Environmental Crisis
“The second largest economy and ‘the factory of the world’ China occupies a pivotal place in the global efforts to confront the environmental challenges. This takes on new currency as the current president ............world’s only remaining superpower........sceptical of climate change..................If all eyes are not yet on China, they may well be in the coming few years”
Panel moderator is Isabel Hilton, editor of China Dialogue.
Finally, we have a few details of two upcoming SACU events in May but not much information, as yet.
On Monday, May 8 SACU is participating in the book launch of Blades of Grass, Mark Aylwin Thomas’ biography of his uncle George Aylwin Hogg. The event will take place at St George’s School in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. St George’s was Hogg’s old school and Harpenden was his home town. We hope to be able to coordinate activity on behalf of SACU’s George Hogg Fund with this book launch. For more details see here ➚.
On Wednesday, 24th of May from 7:30 to 9 pm we will host an event about books celebrating Anglo-Chinese Friendship and Understanding, about which we know more than most. This will take place at the Guanghwa Bookshop ➚ aka Cypress Books ➚ . Click on Guanghwa and see what happens. It’s clever.
At this event, Zoe Reed (our Chair) will talk about the book she co-wrote with her late father (An Engineer’s Journey by K.C.Sun); Frances Wood (our Vice President) will talk about Jenny Clegg’s father’s book (Aid China 1937-1949 by Arthur Clegg). Jenny is one of our four Vice-Presidents. And Peter Jarvis, will talk about his great uncle George Hogg’s book (I See A New China (published posthumously by Victor Gollancz in 1944).
If any members would like to be involved with either of these events, or would like more information about them, please let us know and we will get back to you.
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