Here are some news and information stories, some from SACU's China Eye magazine sent out to members. If you have would like to publicise an event or promote an organization please use our contact form to let us know.
Based on the true event of a great Chinese writer Lao She ➚, who was given the name of 'People's Artist' but later criticised as a reactionary during the Cultural Revolution period in 1966. All the sudden changes in his family and the society around him seemed ridiculous but maybe not that unexplainable. While Lao She's character became his own reality, and we construct a story to tell, the history remains a mystery. 'The fire sinks, and I'm ready to depart.' Performed in Chinese with English subtitles.
Further details here ➚.
The Meridian Society invites you to join us for our Chinese New Year celebration. Firstly, we will be going for a Chinese new year lunch at The Bamboo Flute where owner, Guo Yue, will be our host with delicious food and good company. Afterwards, we will be going to BFI Southbank for the docudrama 'Tricks on the Dead' about the Chinese Labour Corps and a discussion with the director Jordan Patterson led by our past director Peng Wenlan. The two parts can be booked separately or together.Times:
There are still a few spaces in both venues but numbers are limited so please e-mail us at email@example.com to reserve your place. The final deadline for booking is Sunday 22nd January with payment as soon as possible and no later than Friday 27th January. Priority will be given to current Meridian Society members, supporters who book for both events, then on a 'first come, first served' basis.
In the years following the 1911 Xinhai revolution in China, the country was rapidly emerging into international affairs for the first time. The First World War erupted in 1914 and by 1916 Allied powers had suffered devastating casualties. As a result British, French and Chinese states formed agreements to send almost 140,000 Chinese labourers to the battlefields of Europe. 85,000 of this newly formed ‘Chinese Labour Corps’ were secretly transported across Canada in locked CPR trains during the racist Chinese Head Tax period. They were then shipped to Europe where thousands died clearing munitions and the dead on the Western Front. Zhang Yan, a young history student from the same Shandong villages as the labourers in 1916, sets out to discover what really happened to the men of the Chinese Labour Corps. Following the diary notes of Gu Xingqing, a Chinese interpreter in WWI, he travels three continents to uncover Gu's journey with the British controlled labourers.Chinese-Canadian Coproduction 2015
Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment. Payment should therefore be made as soon as possible and no later than Friday 27th January.
Please send your cheque made payable to ‘The Meridian Society’ to: The Treasurer, 5 Mildmay Street, London N1 4AB. Alternatively if you wish to pay by direct bank transfer please contact us and we will forward our account details.
SACU VP Jenny Clegg was in Dunhuang recently along with Jim Lindsay, son of Michael Lindsay who was mentioned by President Xi Jinping ➚ as an example of Anglo-Chinese support and understanding when he visited the UK last year.
“Lord Michael Lindsay, the late member of the House of Lords of the UK Parliament, took an active part in the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, helping China modify telecommunication equipment under extremely difficult circumstances and risking his life to deliver scarce supplies such as medicines and communication equipment to the Chinese army.” ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC)
Jim, an Australian, set up a website introducing Bold Plum’s (his mother’s) book, titled Bold Plum: With the Guerrillas in China's War Against Japan which Jenny says “has some great material countering claims that only the Kuomintang fought against the Japanese.”
Bold Plum also tells her story on YouTube ➚.
China, Chinese New Year is celebrated as the Spring Festival and is the most important festival in China. Each year is associated with an animal: the full sequence of 12 years is in this order; Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit (or Hare), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (or Goat), Monkey, Rooster (or Cock), Dog and lastly the Pig (or Boar).
2017 is the Year of the Rooster (Cockrel)
Major Chinese Festivals in 2017 are:
|28 January||Chinese New Year|
|4 April||Qing Ming|
|30 May||Dragon Boat Festival|
|28 August||Double Seven|
|1 October||National Day|
|4 October||Mid Autumn Festival|
|8 October||Chong Yang|
There are two, ‘Golden Week’ holidays in 2017; the first one around the Spring Festival in late January/early February and the second will follow National Day in October.
*Recommended book on Chinese festivals are:-
Holds talks and exhibitions about the countries of asia in general.
63 New Cavendish Street, London. W1G 7LP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 5445
The CAC acts as the national agency to promote contemporary Chinese art and interpret Chinese culture. It holds exhibitions, organises artist residency schemes, national education programmes, seminars and training events and acts as an agency for performers.
The Chinese Arts Centre housed in the Market Buildings in the Northern Quarter of Manchester city centre on Thomas Street-in between Shudehill and High Street and not far from the Printworks and Arndale Centre. It features a gallery, a Chinese teahouse, an education and resource suite, a souvenir shop and a project space/studio. The building is fully accessible.
The shop offers a unique range of goods influenced by traditional and contemporary art and culture. An extensive range of art books, catalogues and magazines are now in stock. They include Art Review, Art Monthly, That's Art, Art Asia Pacific, Frieze, Art Forum etc.
The Chinese teahouse is a calm quiet zone with an ever-changing good selection of high quality teas to choose form. The CAC offers hire and hospitality facilities. The Gallery and Education Suite are available for hire. In the evenings, the whole centre may be hired. Catering and entertainment facilities are also available to suit any occasion. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0161 832 7280
The Chinese Arts Centre offers a varied range of display and learning resources to schools to help demonstrate cultural traditions and pastimes. They include Lion heads and Chinese opera costumes. Further information please telephone 0161 832 7271. Free Gallery Tours are available for groups who book in advance-maximum group size is 20.
Chinese Arts Centre, Market Buildings, 7 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1EU. Tel 0161 832 7271. Website www.chinese-arts-centre.org ➚.
This museum is housed in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse and has one of the most extensive collections of East Asian art outside of London with almost 2,000 items dating from about 5,000 B.C. It received a grant of £41,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which helped towards converting the Museum's third floor into a multi-purpose education room. (further details and bookings please call 01225 464640, e mail email@example.com and website is Museum of East Asian Art ➚.
With almost 2,000 exhibits, this museum has one of the most extensive collections of East Asian art outside of London. It was founded in 1990, by Brian McElney OBE who practised law in Hong Kong. It has some of the best bamboo carvings in Europe and a fine comprehensive collection of jade. Particular attention is given to the museum's educational role with special exhibitions, an active events programme and also new publications designed to encourage a greater understanding of East Asian art and cultures.
The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and Sunday from 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm. Admission: £4 adults, concessions £3.50, students £3.00 and under 12's £1.00. Under 6's free. Family ticket, £9.00.
The Museum regularly holds children's workshops (with special activities during the half term holidays), museum tours, Mah Jongg evenings and other events during the week. All events are by advance booking only. Please contact the museum for details of events at "http://www.meaa.org.uk/events.htm" ➚
With its disciplined approach and yet very versatile possibilities, Chinese brush painting holds exciting potential for many artists and budding artists. Success depends on having the right equipment and a willingness to learn the fundamental brushstrokes and basic techniques such as holding the brush in the correct way.
We meet at the memorial hall in Pool-in-Wharfedale.
For more details please go to the Chinese brush painting web site ➚.
If you would like to learn more about traditional Chinese brush painting and have a go at this fascinating art yourself, you might want to join our group. We meet monthly to paint and discuss ideas and usually have a Chinese artist to tutor us. There is a membership fee and a charge for the workshops you attend. Details on web site web site ➚
Yellow Earth Theatre produces performances and runs workshops for people of East Asian backgrounds. Yellow Earth will continue to run workshops and outreach and education performances throughout the year. They are always happy to hear from readers of any events and projects that may be running. To contact them and to obtain details of their programme contact firstname.lastname@example.org Yellow Earth Theatre, 2nd Floor, Rupert St., London W1D 6DE. Tel 020 7734 5988 or marketing tel 020 7287 3141. Website "Yellow Earth" ➚.
HOST exists to provide some of the thousands of international students at universities and colleges in the UK with the opportunity to spend a weekend, or a few days at festival times such as Christmas or Chinese New Year, in private homes. The purpose is to enable them to explore the culture and way of life in a local community, feel at home for a few days away from the campus, and to see a different part of the country in the company of people who live there.
Our hosts are all volunteers - individuals, couples and families - who welcome the occasional guest from another country, learning from them and sharing their lives briefly with them. Sometimes lasting friendships are made.
We have nearly 2000 hosts across the whole of Britain, but are constantly needing to find more. Some 60% of the students applying for HOST invitations are Chinese, and would be pleased to visit hosts already interested or having connections in China. Such links with people in this country can have an invaluable influence on the students' perceptions of Britain, and the attitude with which they return home.
For more information please visit Host UK web site ➚ or call 020 7254 3039. Thank you.
Hosting of young Chinese students also required by The China HSK UK Committee. The Committee is looking for native English-speaking families to rent bedrooms-or full board to Chinese GCSE or A level students during their boarding school half term or vacation. Homes in greater London or south England are needed now.
Contact: Tina Chen, China HSK UK Committee, 124 Euston Road, London NW1 2AL, tel: 020 7388 8818 email email@example.com
The Intern China ➚ arranges internships for people to go and live in China so that they can learn something of the language and culture.
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