Monthly Archives: June 2009

Fat China – Lecture – October 2009

Event Date: 22/10/2007

Taking place appropriately enough at lunchtime on Monday 22 Oct at 13.00 the topic of Fat China; How Expanding Waistlines will Change a Nation` will be explored by Paul French of Access Asia. The venue is G10 in the Adam Ferguson Building, University of Edinburgh, George Square.


Paul French is a founder and the Chief China Representative of Access Asia based in Shanghai, which specializes in providing information on China’s economy and consumer/retail markets. French was the co-author of the 1998 book One Billion Shoppers: Accessing Asia’s Consuming Passions and also the author of North Korea The Paranoid Peninsula – A Modern History (2005) and Carl Crow: A Tough Old China Hand – The Life, Times and Adventures of an American in Shanghai (2006) – a biography of the legendary Shanghai based journalist and ad man from the 1930s.

His next book – Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines Will Change a Nation – will be published in 2008.

International Business Conference – October 2009

Event Date: 28/10/2009

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute for Scotland, the University of Edinburgh Business School will be hosting a conference on 29-30 October 2009. Organised by Dr Ling Liu and Professor John Henley, the theme of the conference is: ‘The State and the Internationalisation of Business: Is There a China or India Model?’.

The governments of China and India have pursued significantly different economic development paths over the past two decades, yet each has achieved significant economic growth. China is developing an outward-oriented, collectivist growth strategy, whilst India prefers a domestic-oriented, large business in-house driven political economy compatible with mass democracy; yet each has presented an increasing integration with the world economy in terms of international trade and foreign direct investment. Going into the current global financial crisis, both China and India have substantial foreign exchange reserves, yet retain dissimilar economic structures. The conference will seek to explore whether there is a convergence or divergence of the internationalisation paths of China and India and to project the future position of China and India in the world economy.

Musical Silk Road – special concert Abden House – August 2009

The launch concert for a year long music event `Musical Silk Road` will take place at the Confucius Institute for Scotland head office in Abden House on the evening of Tuesday 11 August.

This musical journey is inspired by the theme of travelling and translocation of cultures. Featuring the music of Kimho Ip on Yangqin, Filipe Davidse on saxophone, and minority ethnic visiting musicians from China, the programme for this opening concert will include the premiere of `Requiem for Travellers` composed by Kimho Ip.

Doors open at 6.45pm and the evening starts at 7.00pm. Concert goers will enjoy a short break with Chinese style canapés and a glass of wine or a soft drink. During the break, guests will also have a chance to enjoy the splendid setting of Abden House and, weather permitting, its gardens.

Tickets will cost £10 per person. To secure a ticket please contact the Confucius Institute or email

The Confucius Institute is pleased to sponsor this opening concert which has been coordinated by iMAP.

iMAP ( is a Scottish based chamber music company. It primarily aims to transcend the limitations of chamber/concert music through multi-artform and multimedia collaborations, community involvement and cultural diversity. It also aims to promote chamber music to new audiences, especially to young people and immigrants, by adopting welcoming, informal and innovative approaches in both the contents and the form of music.

Kimho Ip, the Artistic Director of iMAP Ensemble, works as a composer, cellist and Yangqin performer. His compositions have been performed at the ISCM World New Music Days (2002), music@Edinburgh festival (2003) and the Edinburgh International Festival (2005). Renowned Ensembles, such as the Edinburgh String Quartet, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, have also performed his works.

Four Star Reviews for Midsummer Night`s Dream – August 2009

An opening night audience of over 500 were in place to see this spectacular interpretation of a Midsummer Night`s Dream. Gaining four stars from the Scotsman, Edinburgh Guide, All the and plaudits on many sides the production fuses music, dancing and martial-arts, fused with computer gaming and Olympic technology resulting in a visually spectacular performance.

To read the four star reviews

Scotman – Four Star Review Four Star Review 

The tale of the four bewitched lovers, the enchanted forest, mischievous Puck and hapless Bottom is much loved around the world.

Our characters blend traditional Chinese dramatic traditions with the world of digital technology enabling a range of bizarre and fantastic dream effects to be realised.

While the words of Shakespeare will be heard Mandarin, mime and music will also be used to convey the emotions and dramatic action of the play. The addition of a digital dimension to the play’s inherent contrasts between illusion and reality, waking and dreaming further highlights the question as to who really controls our fate.

14-23 August 2009 at 7pm (8.20pm)

Tickets £12 (£10)
Preview Evening 14 August £6
Family tickets £35
Matinees on Aug 16, 22, 23 at 2.30pm (3.50pm)

To book call

0131 651 1292

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Try the learn some Chinese idioms, master a new character and generally find out more and more about the Mandarin language.

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