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.
The SCA Chinese New Dinner in 2015 will take place on Tuesday 10th February (1830 for 1900hrs). This is a social event, so please feel free to bring partners, spouses, friends and colleagues.
This year the dinner will be held at Saigon Saigon Restaurant, 14 South Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The price is £20 per person to include service and Chinese tea, which is payable in advance. All other drinks should be settled direct on the night. Please note the restaurant does not accept personal cheques.
Please confirm your attendance by completing and returning the reply slip on this form, along with your cheque (made payable to the Scotland-China Association) to Lisa Kitson, Edinburgh Branch Secretary, at the address given on the form.
Since the restaurant will be busy at this time of year we would greatly appreciate your early confirmation. Our deadline for final numbers will be 1st February after which date we cannot give any refunds.
If you have any queries about this event, please contact Lisa Kitson by email.
Our attractive SCA Year of the Goat (or Sheep) greetings cards are now available. They are available with either a coloured goat/sheep design (as shown above) or a red goat/sheep 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.