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The Cholera Pandemic,Transnational Politics, and the Cold War in Southeast Asia and China, 1960-1965

An IAS Talking Point seminar with Visiting Research Fellow Dr Fang Xiaoping 方小平 and responses from Dr Vivienne Lo  and Dr Andrew Wear.
Time: Wed 20 June 2018, 6–8pm
Place: IAS Common Ground (ground floor, south wing, Wilkins building)
Registration via Eventbrite.
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Ma Kanwen Memorial Lecture 2018

Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH) will be giving the 2nd Ma Kanwen Memorial Lecture at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge on Friday 25 May, 4pm. More...

Imagining Chinese Medicine

(edited volume, Vivienne Lo & Penelope Barrett, Brill, 2018) has now been published in Open Access. You can browse or download it at:
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004366183
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MA Dissertation Conference 2018: Transnational Studies and Chinese Health & Humanity

Wednesday 23 May, 09.00–13.00, Room 101, 16–18 Gordon Square.
Please come along to support our wonderful students and find out about the breathtaking range of their research! More...

Chinese Visual Festival 2018

Don't miss the 2018 edition of the excellent Chinese Visual Festival – on at KCL and BFI Southbank from 3rd to 6th May before transferring to Edinburgh Filmhouse for 11th–14th May.
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China’s visual cultures and the Medical and Health Humanities: launch event

Monday 21 May 2018, 6-9pm, IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building. Admission by free ticket:
https://cchh-book-website-launch.eventbrite.co.uk
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, CERA-UK Annual Conference 2018

Chinese Education in Global Contexts: Researching the Local, the Global and the ‘Glocal’, 14–15 June 2018, UCL Institute of Education (IoE). Deadline for abstract submission: 15th April 2018. More...

PKU-UCL inter-university module in the Cross-Cultural Health Humanities

An inter-university module in the Cross Cultural Medical/Health Humanities, taught by historians, philosophers and global health specialists from PKU and UCL, will run this week at the Yenching Academy of Peking University.
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Lady Precious Stream

6 May 2015

A symposium on S. I. Hsiung's 1934 play, and the obstacles to and opportunities for East Asian voices in UK theatre and literature. Monday 18 May, 6.30–8pm, Anatomy JZ Young LT.

Free entry - Please email Gemma at moongateproductions@yahoo.com to reserve a place.

'Try Something Different. Something Really Chinese'


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Lady Precious Stream by Hsiung Shih-I (S.I. Hsiung) was something of a phenomenon in its day. The first ever play in London's West End written and produced by a Chinese, it ran extremely successfully not only there but also on Broadway, going on to become one of the most performed plays in the world. Lady Precious Stream came about when Hsiung sent a political chamber piece he'd written to his friend George Bernard Shaw. Shaw responded that he thought Hsiung, as a Chinese writer, could only have his work staged if he wrote 'something different. Something really Chinese and traditional'.

So this is what Hsiung, who spoke and wrote immaculate English, did. In his own inimitable way. 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, a symposium event 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.

The event will feature a short film, plus a panel discussion with speakers including:

  • Dr Diana Yeh (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Winchester and author of The Happy Hsiungs: Performing China and the Struggle for Modernity
  • Dr Frances Wood (historian, author of The Lure of China: Writers from Marco Polo to J. G. Ballard)
  • Dr Ashley Thorpe (Lecturer in Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway, researcher of Chinese xiqu/Peking Opera)
  • Natasha Betteridge (acclaimed theatre director in both the UK and China)
  • Daniel York (actor, writer, filmmaker).


Monday 18th May 18:30–20:00
Cruciform B304-LT1
Cruciform Building
University College London
Gower Street,
London WC1E 6BT

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