Yearly Archives: 2011

BCLTS – conference programme available – June 2011

The conference programme for BCLTS 29 Jun-01 Jul is now available to download along with cross-referenced abstracts. The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday 29 June and non-members are requested to book and pay online if they wish to attend the dinner which is charged at only £15.

Studies in Chinese Cinema – July 2011

Join us on Saturday 2nd July 2011, Rainy Hall, New College, the Mound, Edinburgh, to consider aspects of Chinese Cinema in the company of four renowned experts in the field.

Our speakers come from the USA and the UK and all four are contributors to The CHINESE CINEMA BOOK published earlier this month which was edited by our two UK experts.

Dr Song Hwee Lim, co-editor of The Chinese Cinema Book, is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Celluloid Comrades: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinemas (University of Hawaii Press, 2006), co-editor of Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics in Film (Wallflower Press, 2006), and founding editor of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas. He recently completed a book manu entitled Tsai Ming-liang and a Cinema of Slowness. He is Chief Editor of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas.

Dr Julian Ward, co-editor of The Chinese Cinema Book, is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Research interests include travel writing, particularly in the travel diaries of Xu Xiake. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas.

Wendy Larson is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Oregon. Her research includes Women and Writing in Modern China (Stanford, 1998), and the co-edited Gender in Motion: Divisions of Labor and Cultural Change in late Imperial and Modern China (Rowman and Littlefield 2005)

Jason McGrath is Associate Professor of Chinese film and literature at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is the author of Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age (Stanford UP, 2008), and his essays on Chinese film have appeared in journals such as Modern Chinese Literature and Culture as well anthologies including Chinese Films in Focus II, and The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. His current projects include an anthology of Chinese critical writings on film and a book entitled Inscribing the Real.

The event will run from 2pm-6pm followed by a reception. The topics on which our speakers will focus are:

2.30pm Wendy Larson `Chinese Culture on the Global Stage: Zhang Yimou and the Fifth Generation Filmmakers`
3.15pm Jason McGrath `Realism and Chinese Independent Cinema
4.15pm Julian Ward `The history of the August First Film Studio: from Socialist Realism to Main Melodies` 5pm Song Hwee Lim `Tsai Ming-Liang and the Cinema of Slowness`

This event is free but to ensure your place please register by email to

If you have any questions please call us on 0131 662 2180.

John Chinnery – Tribute Talk at AGM

The Confucius Institute for Scotland is the venue for this year`s Scotland China Association AGM held on the morning of Sat 11 June.

Following the AGM which will start at 11am there will be a special talk given by Frances Wood, Head of the Chinese Department at the British Library. Her talk is entitled `John Chinnery, A Seriously Witty Sinologist`

As well as being SCA`s Honorary President, John Chinnery became the the first head of the department of Chinese in the University of Edinburgh in 1965. His early work laid the foundations for the vibrant relationship the University has today with China.

Attendance at the AGM and talk is free but to help us manage numbers please email to your attendance. There is also an option to attend a buffet lunch at the Institute. Bookings and payment are required in advance by Wed 1st June. The cost is £10 per person inclusive of a glass of wine or a soft drink.

For further information or to book either for the AGM/Talk or AGM/Talk and Buffet Lunch please contact

SCA is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian organisation for people who have an interest in all aspects of Chinese life and civilisation. Please visit their website for more information.

Scholarships to China – deadline 26 May

The Confucius Institute Scholarships for 2011 have just been announced and this year there are three types of scholarship on offer.

Type A
Scholarships for four weeks to be taken between July-Aug 2011 or Sept 2011-Jan 2012

Type B
Scholarships of one academic year focusing on Chinese language & culture, education or Chinese history as a major.

Type C
Master in International Education of Chinese Language scholarship

The deadline for submission is Thursday 26 May 2011. Please download the PDF guidelines below. Please note online application to the global database via and written application to the Confucius Institute are both required

Please read through the information provided in the PDF below and on the Hanban website shown above. Should you have any questions please contact us on 0131 662 2180 or email

As you will see applicants should have or be awaiting results of the new HSK exam. For those who do not hold HSK at present a special HSK exam will take place on 21 May. Please register by 19 May. Full details on the HSK and the registration form can be found at

Good luck!

Application Procedures for the Confucius Institute Scholarship | 孔子学院奖学金申请办法 (2011)

Chinese Language Acquisition Seminar 20 April

A special seminar on Chinese language acquisition will be held on 20 April when Tim Dodds, Principal of Chatswood Public School in New South Wales will share with us the experiences of that continent.

Australia has for many decades had a strong Chinese community and has an established Asia Literacy Programme from which we can learn a great deal.

On this research fellowship visit, Tim is looking into the leadership implications of establishing Confucius Classrooms, and his work has many synergies with educational priorities here in Scotland.

The seminar which is scheduled 2pm-3.30pm has been arranged for members of SCEN. To book a seat please email

VENUE: Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 5HP
DATE : Wed 20 April
TIME : 2pm-3.30pm.

Chinese Bridge Winner

The overall winner of the 10th Chinese Bridge competition held in London on 19 March is Peter Dolby, a 4th year undergraduate from Chinese Studies at the University of Edinburgh who, after a long day of competition, was awarded first prize by Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming.

This nationwide heat saw the three Edinburgh students each gain a place in the top ten. The Chinese Bridge competition has been running for ten years but this is the first time that Edinburgh has sent students to compete.

Accompanying the students were He Jin, one of the Institute`s Chinese language teachers who teaches all three students, and Wang Shunqing recently arrived co-director.

In addition to a cash prize,Peter will go forward to the global competition which will take place in Beijing in July 2011.

Ambassador Platt-China Boys – April 2011

Thurs 21st April will see former Ambassador Platt, long time China specialist, author of `China Boys` and President of the Asia Society in New York for 12 years, address a full house at the Confucius Institute.

As a young diplomatic officer in the early 1960s, when Communist China was firmly closed to the west, Platt took the unusual step of studying Mandarin. This put him in a key position when U.S. relations to China suddenly opened. Platt was one of the State Department officials chosen to accompany President Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1972. The following year he and his family were stationed in Beijing with the opening of a U.S. Liaison Office, the forerunner of the U.S. Embassy in the PRC.

Showing some of his ‘home movie’ footage of the Nixon trip, and film of family and diplomatic events, and reading from his memoir, Platt will talk about life in China in 1973. As a former President of the Asia Society, which oversees numerous contacts and exchanges with China, and a frequent visitor and lecturer in the PRC, Platt is in a unique position to compare those early days of diplomatic contact to relations with the West today, as China now emerges as a major player on the world stage and an economic power house.

The talk takes place in the Confucius Institute for Scotland at Abden House from 6pm-7.30pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

All available seats for this talk are now booked.

Chinese New Year in Schools – February 2011

February, being Chinese New Year period is a month when demand for China Days are at their peak. Many schools use the combination of the half term break and the Chinese New Year to fit in some non-curricular activities.

The Institute is organising a number of China Days for Confucius Classrooms in February.

If you go down to the Gyle today….

This half term week at the Gyle, you will have the chance to meet Edinburgh Zoo`s large and cuddly Giant Panda mascots!

Stop by the Confucius Institute activity area where there are activities for kids and info for adults including

Dot-to-dot panda pictures with Chinese numbers
How to draw bamboo
How to write the Chinese character for `bamboo`
Get your name written in Chinese
Test your chopstick skills
Have your picture taken with a panda mascot (11am – 3pm)
See Chinese learning materials, videos, pictures, and more
Pick up your free copy of a China Daily European edition newspaper,
as well as lots of info on China and learning Chinese.

Enter our simple survey and each day one lucky winner will be drawn who will receive a family ticket for four to visit Edinburgh Zoo.

See you at the Gyle!

Year of the Rabbit-New Year Party – February 2011

The annual Spring Festival party on Friday 4 February was a huge success and this year, there were enough jiaozi for everyone!

The celebrations saw over 200 Chinese and western friends congregate to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit wherethe entertainment, games, Mah-jong, Chinese chess and of course, the ever popular Karaoke ensured a lively atmosphere and that a good time was had by all.

See you next year!