Thinking Chinese Symposium: Lady Precious Stream (18 May 2015)

Symposium2Monday 18th May, 6:30 – 8pm B304-LT1, UCL Cruciform Building, Gower Street

"Try Something Different. Something Really Chinese"

Moongate Productions, Ming-Ai (London) Institute and UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity present a symposium on the 1934 play, Lady Precious Stream by Hsiung Shih-I (S.I. Hsiung). Something of a phenomenon in its day, Lady Precious Stream was the first ever play in London's West End written and produced by a Chinese, it not only ran extremely successfully there but also on Broadway, going on to become one of the most performed plays in the world.

As Moongate Productions looks to revive this long-neglected play that bridges East and West so successfully, and which has never been performed in the UK with an East Asian cast, this symposium investigates Hsiung's relationship with the London "literati" of the time (including GB Shaw and JM Barrie) and asks what are the obstacles to and opportunities for East Asian voices in UK theatre and literature.

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Thinking Chinese Screening: When China Met Africa (20 MAY 2015)

ChinaAfricaWednesday 20th May, 6:30pm, UCL Gower Street

In conjunction with UCL Festival of the Arts 2015, Ming-Ai (London) Institute and UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity introduce a screening of the award-winning observational documentary When China Met Africa (2011) which explores China's influence in the continent through the stories of three individuals in Zambia.

Following the film the directors Nick Francis will join Benny Dembitzer, a British economist and specialist in the economies of developing nations and Dr Vivienne Lo, Director of the UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity, for a discussion.

Thinking Chinese Performance:The Chinese Er Hu during WWI (8 May)

ErhuFriday 8th May 2015, 7pm, UCL South Cloisters, Gower Street

Ming-Ai (London) Institute and UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity presented an evening of Erhu performance and discussion with Dr Colin Huehns as part of the Thinking Chinese series.

Probably the earliest surviving footage of an instrument from the Chinese erhu family in performance comes from troops of the Chinese Labour Corps celebrating Chinese New Year on the Western Front during the First World War.

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Conference Gala Dinner (31 March 2015)

UCLDinner3Ming-Ai (London) Institute and University College London present a Gala Fundraising Dinner in aid of Camden Chinese Community Centre.

31 March 2015, 7 pm at China City, 50 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury London

An evening of fine dining, music and performance to mark the opening of the 'Thinking Chinese' exhibition and Conference at UCL, raise money for the Camden Chinese Community Centre and celebrate the achievements of the Chinese community in the UK.

Performances will include music from contemporary British Chinese duo Liz Liew and Dennis Kwong Thye Lee; internationally renowned pipa lute virtuoso Dr Cheng Yu; as well as a traditional Chinese Lion Dance. Enjoy a traditional four course banquet while listening to contemporary and traditional sounds.

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Thinking Chinese Exhibition (31 March - 12 May 2015)

UCLExhibitionVenue: South Cloisters, UCL Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Date: 31 March - 12 May 2015, 9am-5pm daily (2-8 April Easter Closure)

This exhibition draws on the work of a number of academics to explore the historical intellectual exchange between Britian and China through the histories of Chinese individuals who studied, published or researched in the UK as well as the ways in which representations of "Chineseness" developed in the UK.

This exhibition is produced by Ming-Ai (London) Institute in Partnership with University College London as part of the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project.

 

Thinking Chinese Conference (31 March - 1 April 2015)

UCL conVenue: UCL Quad, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Dates: 31 March and 1 April 2015

A ground-breaking interdisciplinary two-day conference is presented by University College London and Ming-Ai (London) Institute.

The conference explores the history of Chinese since the 19th Century who studied in Britain and became professionals, diplomats, scientists, writers, performers and artists along with the ways in which Chineseness has been represented in the UK.

Conference Fee (including lunch and refreshment):
A. £30  Standard fee – both days
B. £20  One day only
C. £10  Refundable deposit for free place for UCL full time students only (two days only deposit to be returned on day two - strictly limited to 30 places on first come first served basis)

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Memories of China (17 Jan to 17 May 2015)

Horniman  smallWhere: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ
When: 17 January to 17 May 2015, Daily 10.30am - 5.30pm

Admission Free

This exhibition exploring the lives and experiences of Chinese migrants in the UK in the early 20th century, and their relationship with their homeland. It will feature a display of lanterns by contemporary British Chinese artists Qi Qing and Marina Chan as well as objects from project interviewees and a selection of Qing dynasty paintings from the Horniman's collection.

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Our Good Fortune: Histories of working lives of the Chinese in Haringey (12 Jan 2015 to 5 July 2015)

P1620654 280x210Where: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU
When: 12 January 2015 to 5 July 2015, Wednesday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Admission free

This exhibition explores the traces of Chinese people's history in the London borough of Haringey ad well as the experiences of the borough's Chinese community today. The exhibition features archive materials from the museum's collection, including ceramics and textiles, as well as profiles of project interviewees and objects collected from the Haringey Chinese Centre.

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From East to West : Chinese Life in London Since 1900

P1590649 280x167Where: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB
When: 5 December 2014 – 26 February 2015, Monday to Saturdays 10am – 5pm (Closed Wednesdays and Sundays)

Admission free

Explore the life experiences of Chinese people in London from 1900 to the present day in this new and fascinating exhibition at Islington Museum. From East to West takes the visitor on a journey of discovery and reveals how Chinese culture in the capital has developed and prospered throughout the 20th century and beyond.

 A series of free workshops and activities will accompany the exhibition.

Chinese painting schools workshops (8 & 9 Dec 2014)

Chinese Activity Afternoon (Tue 17 Feb 2015, 1-4pm) at Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB