Monthly Archives: January 2018

Free: Chinese Films on Fridays January – April 2020

Join us if you can for the regular programme of Chinese Films on Friday.  All films screened have sub-titles.  Viewing from 2pm-Screening Room, Room G04,  50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9LH.

Our Free Films on Friday programme is curated by Chinese Studies senior lecturer Dr Julian Ward whose core specialism is in Chinese literature and film.

The University library holds more than 600 films spanning China’s 20th century film history which are available for loan to those who have a library card.

Winter Term January – April 2020

The Urgent Letter (Shi Hui, 1953)
Friday 17 January
Before the New Director Arrives (Lü Ban, 1956)
Friday 24 January
Sacrificed Youth (Zhang Nuanxin, 1985)
Friday 31 January
 Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige, 1984)
Friday 7 February
 Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou, 1991)
 Friday 14 February 
 Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1988)
 Friday 28 February
A Summer at Grandpa’s (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1984)
Friday 6 March
In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen, 1994)
Friday 13 March
Shower (Zhang Yang, 1999)
Friday 20 March
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)
Friday 27 March
Still Life (Jia Zhangke, 2006)
Friday 3 April

All welcome, no booking is required.

HSK 2018: March exam registration closed

There are three dates this year when our Institute will run HSK exams.  The exams will take place either at our Institute or within a language lab in the University of Edinburgh on dates as show below.

  • Saturday 24 March 2018
    Register by 22 February for HSK and HSKK offline exam – NOW CLOSED
    Register by 8 March for HSK online exam 

    Preparatory workshop: Saturday 10 March 2018
  • Saturday 19 May 2018
    Register by 19 April for HSK and HSKK offline exam
    Register by 3 May for online exam 

    Preparatory workshop: Saturday 5 May 2018
  • Saturday 1 December 2018
    Register by 1 Nov for HSK and HSKK offline exam.
    Register by 15 Nov for online exam
    Preparatory workshop: Saturday 17 November 2018

These exams offer students the chance to measure their progress on a globally recognised exam. A student who has completed two terms of study (40 hours) should be able to pass Level 1 of the exam.

Full information and booking details can be found here.

50 Shades of Grey: ‘Smog Art’ in China Tues 30 Jan 6pm

This presentation will examine societal responses to air pollution in China through a discussion of ‘smog art’.

Key Information

Speaker: Thomas Johnson (Lecturer, University of Sheffield)
50 Shades of Grey: The Emergence of ‘Smog Art’ in China
Tuesday, 30 January, 6-8 pm
50 George Square, Project Room (1.06), University of Edinburgh


Smog art, which refers to artwork that engages with the issue of severe ambient air pollution, has become increasingly common in China. It includes various art forms such as paintings, photography, and performance art.

This presentation is based on documentary data and approximately 20 interviews conducted with artists and curators in Beijing, chosen due to its poor air quality and high concentration of artists. It explores why artists produce smog art, how they navigate China’s authoritarian political environment, and the meanings they attach to their work—including the extent to which they view smog art as a form of resistance.


Thomas Johnson is Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Before that, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at City University of Hong Kong. His work examines environmental activism in China, and has been published in journals such as The China Quarterly, Regulation & Governance, and Environmental Politics.

Speaker: Thomas Johnson (Lecturer, University of Sheffield)
50 Shades of Grey: The Emergence of ‘Smog Art’ in China
Tuesday, 30 January, 6-8 pm
50 George Square, Project Room (1.06), University of Edinburgh

The image shown is a satellite picture of smog over Tianjin taken in 2013.