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Faces of Hong Kong: New Short Documentary Films

Curated by Tammy Cheung (張虹). Presented by Prof. Chris Berry (KCL Film Studies) in association with Visible Record (Hong Kong)
Time: 6.30 pm, Wednesday 20 March
Place: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS
The event is free and open to all, but registration via eventbrite is essential. More...

Call for papers: Healthcare in China, a medical-humanities perspective

Interdisciplinary workshop jointly convened by Oxford Brookes University and Peking University HSBC Business School UK Campus, Friday 14th June 2019. https://www.brookes.ac.uk/hss/events/healthcare-in-china---a-medical-humanities-perspective/ More...

Body Mirrors: transcultural reflections on an Edo medical puppet

An international, interdisciplinary workshop led by Shan JIANG 姜姗 (Peking University; UCL IAS), in conversation with Vivienne Lo (UCL History), Man GU 顾漫 (China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; NRI), Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths) and Isabelle Lawrence (Science Museum).
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Acu-Moxa and Qi 氣: a UCL IAS Talking Points seminar

with IAS visiting research fellow Dr Shan Jiang 姜姗, and respondents Dr Vivienne Lo and Dr Nancy Holroyde-Downing.
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Chinese New Year Festivities

Celebrate the New Year of the Pig with CCHH in the Refectory (UCL Wilkins Building, Lower Ground) on Monday 4 February 2019, from 6pm onwards. More...

Chinese Food Philosophy: A Recipe for Life

Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH), Bee Wilson and Ching-He Huang in conversation with Donald Sloan.
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Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness: The City, Emotions and the Insane at the Dawn of Mass Society

A History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar with Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine (University of Auckland, NZ / QMUL.
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Movement Matters: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Avant-Garde

A workshop-performance event to mark the paperback edition of Irina Sirotkina and Roger Smith, The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia (Bloomsbury, December 2018).
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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

Download a flyer here.

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