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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.

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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.

China Cafe 2017 programme announced including David Yip - details here.
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March - April 2017

“The SACU ChinaCafe series of events provide an ideal opportunity for existing SACU members to network with new members. Young people have told us that one of the attractions for them in joining SACU is the fact that we have lots of existing members who have years of experience and expertise in building friendship and understanding between the peoples of China and UK. So the purpose of the SACU ChinaCafes is to encourage younger people to join SACU and we know that one of the attractions for them in attending the events will be that they can network with existing, established SACU members.”

The next two talks in the sequence continue on April 2nd, with actor David Yip and musician Beibei Wang and on May 7th, with philanthropist and property develop Lady Xuelin Bates.

You can sign up for the China Cafe series at our Eventbrite page :

Further details are available here.

The Lau China Institute at King’s College London has three interesting lectures scheduled for the second half of March, led by an unusual look at Chinese Opera from Zhenzhong Mu on March 22nd - Gay Fandom of Chinese Opera: Queering the Field.

Times and places of the March Lau events can be found here . And also from the Lau China Institute, congratulations to our colleague and friend, SACU member Professor Kerry Brown on the announcement of his formal appointment as Professor of Chinese Studies at King’s College.

Thanks to member Andy Thomas for the news of this competition (which Andy has entered): China Next Door Photo Competition.

“This event seeks photo entries that capture and (re)interpret the dynamic interaction between Chinese and British cultures and lifestyles.”

The deadline for entry is July 21st 2017 and more information about the prize and competition conditions is here .

Memory of China (in Chinese only) is a website set up to record the vanishing of old buildings as the relentless replacement of the old with the new continues. Walter notes that 2016 tour participants may recognise the Pacific Hotel (despite the large portrait of Chiang Kai-shek).

The Meridian Society is conducting a heritage project on the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) to honour the memory of almost 100,000 men who were recruited by the British army to provide logistical support in France and Belgium during the Great War.

In April this year we are organising a series of events to mark the centenary of the arrival of the first batch of CLC in Europe.

13 April: Commemoration ceremony at the Chinese Cemetery, Noyelles-sur-Mer, France

14 April: Commemoration ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium

19 April: Afternoon event of talks and screening of a documentary film of oral histories by CLC descendants, SOAS, London

These events will be free of charge and open to the general public. Additionally, the Society will attempt to bring to the UK descendants of some of the original CLC workers who have expressed an interest in travelling here to attend the celebration. If you can help them to do this, please contact them at

Further details on this project here .

SACU member and author Dr Michael Tai will speak at the Needham Research Institute at Cambridge on Wednesday, May 3rd on the topic, China and the United States: Is Trust Possible?

Please note that this talk has been rescheduled from March 22nd and I believe everyone who had reserved with me has been advised of the new date. Our room at the NRI will accommodate about 30 to 35 people comfortably so please let me know if you would like to reserve a place.

SACU member Ena Niedergang will speak about her new book “Wales China- 250 Years of History” at the Swansea Museum on 11th April 2017 at 6 pm, and at National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth) on 3rd May 2017 at 1 pm. For some background to her book see this page .

Ena also notes that the National Museum Wales at Cardiff is showing Nature’s Song, about Chongqing Three Gorges Museum and Chongqing Museum. Admission is free and the exhibition runs to 23rd April.

Here is an interesting archaeological story about the discovery of a tomb dating from the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125) in Shuozhou City. The murals are particularly well preserved: Images and Story .

While on our 50th anniversary tour to China, we spent some time in Baoji (outside Xian) visiting locations associated with George Hogg, the young English teacher who lost his life while caring for a number of young Chinese boys orphaned during the Japanese War. (Which we know as World War 2).

Hogg is very well known in China but not so well known in his own country. SACU will we be doing what we can to change that during 2017 and one place to start is by publicising his nephew’s book about his life - Blades of Grass: The Story of George Aylwin Hogg by Mark Aylwin Thomas.

Reg Hunt, an early member of SACU in the 1960s, also has recently published a book about his experiences teaching in China in 1965-66 - ‘Two Years in Peking, 1965-66’ by Reginald Hunt: Book 1: ‘Living and Teaching in Mao’s China’. Price: £15.00* Our colleague Michael Sheringham of the Meridian Society notes that the asterisk next to the price indicates that “it can be bought cheaper by SACU members at or through our bookshop at £13.50 + postage” if you require that it be mailed to you. - Arthur Probsthain bookshop

The SOAS China Institute is hosting “Ethnographies of Islam in China: An International Conference” from the 27th through the 29th of March at KLT (Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre) and SALT (Senate House Alumni Lecture Theatre).

Registration essential. More information .

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) has a number of senior positions currently open including that of the Chief Executive, Group Finance Director and Group Commercial Director. The CBBC also has (unpaid) internships available. More information .

And from SACU Council member Linda Rosen: From Shore to Shore is a project dramatizing the stories of the Leeds and West Yorkshire Chinese Community. It was performed for the first time in Leeds in October 2015 and now there will be a national tour from 16 May - 10 June to Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, London, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and York

SACU member Grace Zhao operates China Unbound, a Mandarin language teaching service for those visiting or doing business in China who need to learn at least some of the language in a hurry. Grace invites anyone interested in that proposition to attend her China Unbound Networking Event on March 30th, 6:30 to 8:30 in Bloomsbury.

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And for those who realise how critically important China will be in post-Brexit Britain’s future, here is an analysis from the China Policy Institute, written by Kerry Brown of the Lau China Institute, who recommends that we hop down from our post-imperial perch, “cease lecturing and attempt to learn instead”.

China and the UK: Unexpected Inspiration for How to Handle Brexit .

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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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