Yearly Archives: 2011

Confucius Institute for Glasgow

To help meet the growing demand for learning about China and Chinese the University of Glasgow held an opening ceremony to mark the establishment of a Confucius Institute within the University.

Established as a partnership with Nankai University in Tianjin, the CI in Glasgow is headed up by Professor Jane Duckett. For full details of the launch and to read about the CI University of Glasgow plans please visit their website.

A special exhibition of art works by Fan Zeng, one of China’s most famous artists, whose traditional ‘splashed ink’ and figure drawings are hugely popular in China will run in the Kelvin Gallery of the Hunterian Museum for six weeks to mark the opening of the Confucius Institute in the University of Glasgow.

CPD-Chinese Language & Culture 4 Nov

Join us on Friday 4th Nov for a morning CPD session from Shaz Lawrence covering development of Chinese language/cultural programmes and
assessment strategies.

Whether you are considering teaching Chinese or are already doing so, this is a seminar that will give you insights, information and inspiration in equal measure.

Shaz Lawrence is a regular presenter at the San Francisco Chinese Education Conference and, closer to home, at the SSAT Conference in London.

Her workshops for teachers of Chinese are packed with practical ideas and resources that are easily applied to the Chinese language classroom. Earlier this year she ran a workshop with the Edinburgh City Confucius Hub Classroom which was very popular and she returns due to popular demand to Edinburgh. She will present two new workshops suitable for primary and secondary teachers.

Teach Chinese? Yes you can!

How to develop Chinese language/cultural programmes for beginner students; exploring strategies for a general classroom teacher with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese.

Assessment is for Learning in the Chinese Classroom: The Key to Success

Research suggests that learners learn best and attainment improves when students understand clearly what they are trying to learn and what is expected of them.

Shaz Lawrence – profile

Shaz Lawrence has over 20 years of experience teaching Chinese in Primary, and High School grade levels. She has been instrumental in the start up of many new language programs in Australia, and the US.

She holds a Bachelor of Education, an Advanced Degree in Language Acquisition, and has studied Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan and China.
Currently teaching Chinese to K-8 students in San Francisco, Shaz is also a teacher-trainer for schools in San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco, California, USA.

She has two popular websites for teachers of Chinese – Creative Chinese and Chinese Monster Magic, plus that offers over 5,000 general classroom resources from technology to lesson plans.

Her innovative and creative approach to teaching Chinese has resulted in the development of a DVD, 8 Modules of `Chinese Monster Magic` materials for young learners, and Units of work for Middle school students titled – `Paper Bag Chinese`. Her online weekly Newsletter – `Creative Chinese` gives innovative ideas and resources to over 300 teachers of Chinese in the UK, US, Australia, Taiwan and China.

Shaz has been a regular presenter at the San Francisco Chinese Education Conference, and the SSAT Conference in London. Her workshops for teachers of Chinese are packed with practical ideas and resources that are easily applied to the Chinese language classroom. Her first workshop with the Edinburgh City Confucius Hub Classroom on May 25 2011 was very popular and she returns due to popular demand to Edinburgh.

Booking Details

VENUE: Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 5HP
TIME : 09.30-14.00
COST : £30 inclusive of coffee, lunch and materials

For further information and to book please contact Meryl James of St George`s School for Girls on 0131 311 8000 or email her on

Art in Translation: Keynote and Conference – October 2011

A full day conference on 28 Oct with a keynote address the evening before will examine the topic of Chinese Art:Translation, Adaptation and Modalities. The conference is part sponsored by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and is organised by Art in Translation.

DAY 1: The keynote address at 5.15pm on Thursday 27 October will be given by Roderick Whitfield, University of London,SOAS on the topic `When Buddhism Came to China`. The venue will be Lecture Room 1 at 20 Chambers Street

DAY 2: The full day conference programme on Friday 28 October runs from 9.30am-6pm and will take place in Teviot Dining Room, Teviot Row Student Union, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ.

Session 1: Why Translate?

Puay-Peng Ho, The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Mind the Gap: Will More Translated Works in the Field of Chinese Architectural History Help?
Michael Nylan, University of California-Berkeley: Heritage Issues in Translation: Convergent Preoccupations in Chinese and Western Scholarship
Chia-Ling Yang, University of Edinburgh: Archaic Art and Translated Modernity in China

Session 2: Exotic China, Exotic West

Youngsook Pak, University of London SOAS: Chaekkori – a Chosŏn Conundrum –
Alain George, University of Edinburgh: Chinese Art and Culture in the Islamic World (7th–10th c)
Yuka Kadoi, Art Institute of Chicago: China in Islamic Art after the Mongol Invasions of Eurasia: Centuries of Translations
Hsueh-Man Shen, New York University: ‘Dragon’ or ‘Long’ in Chinese Art

For more information and to book please visit
Attendance is charged at £30 (£15 concession) inclusive of full conference attendance plus an evening reception on Day 1 and tea/coffee plus lunch on Day 2.

Art in Translation aims to broaden the scope of understanding of art, architecture and visual design through events such as this conference and through its online journal which publishes English translations of the best writing on these topics from across the globe.

Scotland-China collection

The range of publiciations available in the Confucius Institute library continues to expand in scope and variety with some new additions to the Scotland-China section which focuses on Scots who have lived and worked in China as government officials, soldiers, business people, missionaries and travellers.

The variety of topics include:

* early diplomatic contacts with China, by George Bogle in Tibet around 1780 and John Napier at Hong Kong in 1834
* government officials like James Stewart-Lockhart and Reginald Johnston, who served in Hong Kong and Wei-hai-wei in the late 19th and early 20th century – Johnston was also, of course, tutor to Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China
* merchants and business people, like Jardine Matheson and Co., and the Melrose tea family
* scientists and travellers such as botanists Robert Fortune and George Forrest, photographer John Thomson, doctor Patrick Manson, and journalist Archibald Colquhoun
* missionaries such as John Gilmour in Mongolia, Dugald Christie in Manchuria and Eric Liddell in Shandong
in the opposite direction, Chiang Yee`s classic The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh, recently reprinted by Mercat Press
* some less well known people like John Bell, who reached Beijing overland from Russia in 1721

To borrowing any of the books or DVDs from the Institute library a membership is required. Full details of membership and an application form are available here.
This collection focuses on books that show the links between the two nations. It is held in the Confucius Institute library and will be catalogued in the University of Edinburgh system.

The China Project – Concerts – 3,4,5 November 2011

Event Date: 05/11/2011

Book now for one of the three unique musical fusion evenings with Emma Smith and the Silk String Quartert in early November.

Emma Smith, Scottish double bass player, a regular with Eliza Carthy`s band and Gorillaz, to name but two, will join with Silk String Quartet on of Europe’s best professional Chinese music ensembles for classical and contemporary music. Performing on traditional Chinese instruments – the pipa, yangqin, erhu and guzheng – they have performed with collaborators including Lang Lang and Damon Albarn.

Kimho Ip, musical curator at the Confucius Institute for Scotland will join the ensemble playing the Yang Qin.

The China Project explores the blend of Scottish and Chinese musical cultures. Including music by Mo Fan and Lau, the concert also features a new commission by renowned Scottish composer Jim Sutherland. This is a rare opportunity to hear these captivating instruments both in their own musical world and delving into a radical new one, where western and eastern instruments form a wholly new ensemble.

Thu 3 Nov 2011, 7.30pm Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
£12/£10 concession/£5 under 18 – Friends £2 discount. Tel 01463 234234

Fri 4 Nov 2011, 7.30pm The Bongo Club, Edinburgh
£10/£8 concession/£5 students.
Tickets on the door or from Over 18`s only

Sat 5 Nov 2011, 7.30pm Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
£13.75/£11.75 concession TelL 0131 665 2240

China Modern: Literary perspectives on the 1911 Revolution – September 2011

Join us to hear two eminent speakers from Tsinghua University and Harvard University present insights into the 1911 Revolution via literary analysis. Taking place in the Playfair Library from 5.30pm-7.15pm followed by a drinks reception on Tsinghau`s Professor WANG Hui and Harvard`s Professor David Der-wei Wang will speak on the topics below:

Professor WANG Hui: Six Moments in the Life of Ah Q:

Professor David Der-wei Wang: `The Future of New China`: Liang Qichao`s Vision of Literature and Revolution

This double bill with such renowned speakers will ensure a vibrant opening session for the 2011 BACS Conference taking place in the University of Edinburgh from 7-9 September.

To book your place at this public event which on Wed 7th Sept in the Playfair Library, Old College, North Bridge, Edinburgh, please email .

Registered BACS delegates do not need to reserve places.

Edinburgh Student Second in World

Following the UK heat of the `Chinese Bridge` Proficiency Competition held in London in May, winner Peter Dolby journeyed to Changsha (Hunan Province) to compete against 120 country finalists.

`Chinese Bridge` is the international Chinese language contest sponsored by Hanban, a division of the Ministry of Education.
The heats in Beijing narrowed the field from 120 to only 6 finalists and on 8th August Peter gave a superb performance in the final which saw him awarded second place in this global competition.

Peter, a graduate of Chinese Studies in the University of Edinburgh, was a great representative who had to use his language skills in a variety of ways in this competition and many congratulations go to him on this achievement. The competition is broadcast on Chinese TV and both the semi final and final can be seen online.

About Chinese Bridge

Chinese Bridge official website – in Chinese

Hunan TV

Chinese Politics and Economics – August 2011

Join us on the afternoon of 11 August for insights into contemporary Chinese politics and economics delivered by leading Chinese intellectuals from Tsinghua University.

The Confucius Institute, working with LSE, is proud to be host this special event which will see four renowned academics from one of Chinese`s leading universities share their insights and answer audience questions.

The programme for this event is shown below.

Registration 1.30-2.00pm
Welcome 2.00-2.10pm

Political Insight Session 2.10-3.30pm
Speaker: Prof. YAN Xuetong:
“The Trend of International Configuration”
Speaker Prof. WANG Tianfu:
“Social Stratification Structure in China: Past and Present”

Tea & Coffee Break 3.30-4pm

Economic Insight Session 4pm-5.20pm
Speaker: Prof LONG Denggao
“Development and Trend: FDI in China”
Speaker: Prof LIU Taoxiong
“China’s Economic Growth: 2011-2020”
Q&A session 5.20-6pm

Drinks Reception 6pm-7pm

Places for this event are limited and seats must be reserved. To book a space please email with the subject title Tsinghua at the Confucius Institute. If you have any questions please call on 0131 662 2180.

Sponsored Teaching Materials Courses in China

A series of seven day sponsored training programmes introducing Chinese language teaching materials are on offer from Hanban from July till Dec 2011.

Open to full time Chinese language teachers, age under 60, from mainstream teaching institutions, such as universities, colleges, secondary and primary schools the full cost of the training programme including tuition, food, accommodation and teaching materials will be met by Hanban. Participants are asked to cover the cost of their airfare to China though if there is financial difficulty an application may be made to Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

There are six sessions on offer each of which lasts for seven days breaking down into two days for international travel, one day cultural experience and four days in class training.

Summer Class A1 17‐23 July 2011
Summer Class A2 24‐30 July 2011
Summer Class B 01‐07 Aug 2011
Term Time Class C 18‐24 September 2011
Term Time Class D 10‐16 October 2011
Winter Class E 11‐17 December 2011

Primary and Secondary School Teacher sessions will take place in Sun Yat-sen University,Guangzhou; Xiamen University, Xiamen; Jilin University, Changchun; Beijing Foreign StudiesUniversity; Beijing Normal University; Hainan Normal University, Haikou and East China Normal University, Shanghai.

University and other Adult Learning Organisation Teacher sessions will take place in Peking University, Beijing; Nankai University, Tianjin; Wuhan University, Wuhan and Dalian University of Foreign Languages, Dalian.

To find out more about this initiative please click here.

If you are interested in applying for a space you can make an online application here.

If you have a problem in opening the .rar file which gives details of specific arrangements at each university please email and we will send you a zip file of the contents.

BACS -priority registration open till 31 July – September 2011

Priority delegate registration for the British Association of Chinese Studies conference being organised with the Confucius Institute for Scotland is available until Sunday 31st July.

Opening on September 7th with keynote addresses from renowed Professors Wang Hui and David Derwei Wang the conference will run through till mid-afternoon on Friday September 9th. A special exhibition on `Cao Yu: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Drama` created by the Shanghai Theatre Academy Theatre Museum working with the University of Leeds will also be on show during the Conference.

For more information and to register please visit the Conference website.