Welcome to the Scotland China Association website
Ni hao and welcome to the SCA website, where you can find out more about the association (including membership information), our forthcoming programme of events in Edinburgh and Glasgow and details of other China-related events across Scotland. We hope you enjoy your visit and, if you're not already a member, we would love for you to get involved !
The Scotland-China Association (SCA) is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian organisation for people who have an interest in all aspects of Chinese life and civilisation. The SCA holds a wide range of cultural events in Glasgow and Edinburgh to foster friendship and understanding between the people of Scotland and China.
We are a voluntary organisation and depend on the subscriptions and support of our members to finance our monthly meetings and other activities, this website, and the publication of our magazine Sine. You are very welcome to join us. For a membership application, see this page.
We also maintain a mailing list to inform friends of our upcoming SCA and non-SCA events - for more details, see here. It's free to join the mailing list.
Navigating this website
The "Main Menu" at the left provides easy access to the various sections of the website. To find out more about the SCA itself, see the "About us" page, and for news of our events, and others related to China in Scotland, see the "Events" page. To join, see the 'Membership' page.
We have several sections with articles of various kinds :
- "Scotland/China news" has short reports of events, new developments in the Scotland/China relationship and the like
- "Feature articles" has articles on various aspects of the Scotland/China relationship, old and new, as well as some longer event reports
- "Sine magazine" has information about our bi-annual publication
The "Latest Postings" section, at top left, provides quicklinks to some of the most recent major articles on the site.
by Graham Thompson, Website Editor, 16 December 2014
Around 30 members of the SCA attended a Consulate Reception on 15 December 2014 kindly hosted by Mr Pan Xinchun, Consul General of the People's Republic of China. Mr Pan was accompanied by Deputy Consul General Ma Deyun, Consul Lyu Yanxia, Consul Shen Duchun and Consular Attache Zhu Ge.
The Association's representatives included Janice Dickson, Chairman ; Eddie McGuire, Vice President ; Peter Lindow, Edinburgh Branch Chairman ; Barry Moore, Glasgow Branch Chairman, and many other members from both branches.
From left to right, Ma Deyun, Deputy Consul General ; Mr Eddie McGuire, SCA Vice President ; Mrs Yu Zhili, wife of the Consul General ; Mr Pan Xinchun, Consul General ; Mrs Janice Dickson, SCA Chairman ; Mr Barry Moore, SCA Glasgow Branch Chairman ; Mr Peter Lindow, SCA Edinburgh Branch Chairman
(this and other photos courtesy of Consulate-General)
Welcoming the SCA group, Mr Pan paid tribute to the Association's “dedication and great contribution to enhancing understanding and friendship” between Scotland and China, both in the past and in the last few years. He also noted that 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership relationship between China and the UK, saying “due to the efforts and hard work by our two peoples from all walks of life, our friendship and cooperation have achieved tremendous success with so many bright spots”.
Mr Pan highlighted a number of more recent highlights in the China-UK relationship, including Premier Li Keqiang's meeting with Prime Minister Cameron in June this year ; bilateral trade of over £40bn in 2013 ; Chinese investment of some £25bn in the UK, creating over 5,000 jobs ; and the presence of 130,000 Chinese students UK-wide, as well as 25 Confucius Institutes and over 100 Confucius Classrooms.
SCA members and Consular staff listening to Mr Pan's remarks
In response, Janice Dickson, Chairman of the SCA, said the Association was honoured by the invitation to this special reception. She also noted with appreciation the invitation earlier in the year to attend the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (see our article here), and for the support and assistance provided by the Consulate-General throughout the year.
On behalf of the SCA and to mark the festive season, Janice presented the Consulate with a hamper of traditional Scottish Christmas food including cake, whisky and even some of Peter Lindow's home-made chutney !
Janice Dickson and Peter Lindow presenting the Christmas hamper to Mr Pan
The SCA members also had the opportunity to watch a film entitled 'China in transition'. This highlighted both the great strides that have been made in social and economic policy over the last 30 years, and the challenges that still face the country, not least in achieving a correct balance between economic development and environmental protection.
As Consul General Pan commented, “China is still a developing country and our GDP per capita is no match to developed countries”, adding “we have no room to be complacent, but still have a long way to go and mountains to climb before we belong to the developed world”. But he concluded, “we set out our national dream that by 2049, which is the centennial of the new China, the country will become a rich and democratic country”, adding, “we are confident that through deepening reform we will get there”.
In conclusion, Janice Dickson said, "we would like to thank the Consul-General and his staff for a most enjoyable and informative evening, and the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones".
Our attractive SCA Year of the Horse greetings cards are now available. They are available with either a coloured horse design (as shown above) or a red horse on cream.
We also still have available our special panda cards, created in 2011 to mark the arrival of Tian Tian and Yang Guang at Edinburgh Zoo.
To order please download an order form here.
A new edition of Shanghai Boy, Shanghai Girl - lives in parallel, by long-standing SCA member Betty Barr and her husband George Wang has recently been published and is available via the Association.
Originally published in 2002 by Old China Hand Press in Shanghai, the book tells the story of how both Betty and George grew up separately in Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s. They lived through the turmoil of the Sino-Japanese war and the occupation of Shanghai from December 1941, before later meeting and marrying in 1984. They still live in Shanghai, where they have both worked for many years as English teachers.
Betty was the daughter of a Scottish missionary and an American lady, and went to the Shanghai American School. She spent several years in the Lunghwa internment camp, and the book includes her account of these difficult times as well as some fascinating drawings of the camp by an Irish artist who knew her parents.
George's story follows his family's struggle to rise above their initial poverty, but also records his keen and entertaining observation of the bustling and colourful life of Shanghai in the 1930s, before its disruption by war in 1937 and the hardships that followed.
The new, revised edition of the book includes a new chapter by Betty recording, through her mother's diary, the time between occupation in December 1941 and full internment in 1943. In addition, there are many new photographs and other illustrations. These include modern views of many of the places mentioned in the original text, as well as some charming line drawings of scenes from the 1930s. It is paperback, 314 pages.
If you have not already got a copy, it is highly recommended. The book is available via Janice Dickson, SCA Chairman, at a cost of £10. Please speak to her at one of our meetings or send her an email.
There was an article about Betty and George and their shared lives in Shanghai Daily on 30 July 2013 - see here.