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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.

About China is a reference resource with over 400 web pages of information about China. Including language, history, geography, 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.

Join us for a Taste of Beijing on Thursday, 15 September 2016 at the British Library, London
Some places are still left on our 50th anniversary tour of China including Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai.
Summer 2016 issue of China Eye (50th Issue) available online.
Read the latest news stories about China in our Sinofile column.
You can now download and read the report on our 50th Anniversary event that was held last May on our 50th Anniversary page.

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September/October 2016

Mystique of 'Shangri-la'

A talk by Amy Ng, playwright of 'Shangri-La' at Chinese Tea Life Cafe, 21 Museum Street, London WC1A 1JN on Wednesday, 28th September

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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:


Paper proposals should include a title and an abstract of 300 words, and be sent to Rachel Harris:

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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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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