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Order/Disorder: The artist-researcher as connector-disrupter-running messenger?

A UCL IAS Talking Point with Dr Kai Syng Tan, artist and UCL IAS Visiting Research Fellow.
Time: 5 December 2017, 6–8pm
Place: IAS Common Ground
Admission by free ticket from Eventbrite
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Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities: Ten workshops

Tuesday evenings (6.00pm) during term-time, 14 November 2017 to 6 February 2018, Room 215, Foster Court. More...

2017 Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase

Modernisation and the Persistence of Traditional Values in China.
Co-organised by Shanghai Art Film Federation and SOAS China Institute. Tues–Fri during Reading Week, 7–10 October. Admission free – no registration required unless otherwise stated. More...

History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar

The uses of ox-bezoar in pre-modern Japan in ritual and medical practices.
Speaker: Dr Benedetta Lomi (University of Bristol).
Time: Tuesday 24 October 2017, 6.15pm (doors open 6pm).
Place: Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.
Everyone is welcome.
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The Silent Teacher

Film screening, 18 October 2017, 7pm, IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building. European première of The Silent Teacher 那個靜默的陽光午後 (Taiwan, 2016). More...

YiMovi Exhibition of Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities


A UCL-PKU collaborative event, jointly convened by Dr Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH), Prof. Guo Liping (PKU) and Dr Daniel Vuillermin (PKU). Peking University Medical Campus, 31 May – 2 June 2017. More...

UNexpected London Chinese Short Film Festival 2017

UCL main campus 22–27 May. Short film screenings: 26–27 May. Free tickets from Eventbrite.

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MA Chinese Health & Humanity Dissertation Conference 2017

Wednesday 24 May, 2.00–5.00pm, Room 102, 23 Gordon Square.
Please do come along to support our students and find out about their fascinating research! More...

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

Download a flyer here.

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