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SCA Events - Edinburgh

SCA at the Scottish Parliament, 20 Jan 2016

The SCA will be making a presentation to the Cross Party Group on China at the Scottish Parliament, at its meeting on Wednesday 20 January 2016. The event will take place between 5.30-8pm. A limited number of places are available for members only, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Details will be posted nearer the time. In the meantime, members interested in attending should register as soon as possible with Janice Dickson, Chairman, by email.

Edinburgh branch programme, 2015-2016

The 2015-2016 programme for meetings of the Edinburgh Branch of the SCA has now been confirmed and is given below. All SCA members and friends are very welcome, and we look forward to seeing you.

Events usually take place on the second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise stated, at The Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. Tea & biscuits will be served from 7pm (a voluntary donation is requested) and the talk will begin at 7:30pm. Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings free of charge.

In addition, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the SCA's founding in 1966, and we are developing various special events and activities to celebrate this. More details will be provided on this website in due course.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Valerie Pellatt, a long-time SCA member and Senior Lecturer in Chinese Interpreting and Translating at Newcastle University, will talk about her recently published book on Chinese children’s rhymes and poems in the 20th century.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Shen Xiao Tong, East Asian Studies Librarian at the University of Edinburgh, will give a talk entitled “Early Chinese Students in Scotland”. The talk will provide a survey of early Chinese students who were the forerunners of the several thousand Chinese students in Scotland today, including Yan Baohang, a student at Edinburgh University in the 1920s, who passed vital intelligence to the Soviet Union about the precise date of the German attack in 1941 and about Japanese military deployments on the Sino–Russian border in 1944.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Our annual Chinese New Year dinner. Further details and booking form available nearer the time.

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Julian Ward of the University of Edinburgh will give a talk entitled "On research of the Qing dynasty world map".

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Dan Alderson will give a talk entitled "Decoding the 推背图 (Tuibeitu) - A journey through China's past and future". The Tuibeitu is a purported Tang dynasty text made up of 60 pictures and accompanying cryptic predictions that describe key moments or turning points in Chinese history. Dan will take a light-hearted look at the text, figuring out the references in the pictures and predictions, and seeing if we can work out what the future holds for China !

Saturday 7 May 2016

This will be the Branch AGM. The business meeting will be followed by a talk by Edinburgh University Emeritus Professor Kenneth King, author of China's aid and soft power in Africa.

Saturday 11 June 2016

This will be the National AGM, including special events to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Details of this event will be announced nearer the time.

Please check this website regularly for updates and changes to the programme. You can also sign up for Yahoo mailings (see here) to be updated on events in Glasgow and Edinburgh.