Edinburgh Branch Meetings

Online talk instead of Edinburgh branch meeting, open to all

Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Time: Any time after 7pm. Talk will begin at 7:30pm. Please join the session no later than 7:25

Education in China: The Good, the Bad, and the Challenges Ahead”, Christopher Cash

In his talk he will compare education in China and the West; look at the challenges facing education in China; talk about international schools and foreign education; and examine the wider implications of Chinese developments in education. He will also touch upon his personal experiences teaching in China and how Chinese schools dealt with Covid.
There will be time for questions and answers following the talk.
Christopher grew up in Edinburgh and attended George Watson’s College before studying History at St Andrew’s University, graduating in 2017. He then spent two years in China on the British Council Graduate Language Assistants programme, teaching English Literature at an international high school in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, where the students intend to apply to universities in the UK, Canada, and Australia. He is now at King’s College London’s Lau China Institute, completing an MSc in China and Globalisation.
If you wish to attend Christopher’s talk, it would be helpful, so that we can gauge interest and numbers, if you would contact Dale Finlayson (dka.finlayson@gmail.com ) to express your interest. 
Friends are welcome to attend. Please ask anyone who is not a member but would be interested in attending to contact Dale so that we can send him/her the Zoom link prior to the meeting; alternatively, send Dale the individual’s name and email address.
We look forward to seeing you on 18 November.

Edinburgh branch programme, 2019-2020

Here are the details of the Edinburgh branch programme. All SCA members and friends are very welcome, and we look forward to seeing you.

As usual, our meetings will be at The Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace EH1 2JL(at the foot of the West Bow, just off the Lawnmarket), starting with tea and biscuits from 7pm; the talk will begin at 7:30. finishing by 9pm. Please bring along friends who might be interested in joining us for the evening – or as members! 

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 7pm for tea/biscuits, 7:30 talk
David Osman, “The Nine Nines” – four aspects of China’s development in the decades of 1949, 1959, 1969, etc, leading up to 2019 and focusing on 2029, based on the World Bank 2030 report. 
David Osman is a Director at UOB Kay Hian (UK), one of Asia’s largest brokerage firms, headquartered in Singapore.

Our April meeting will be on Tuesday 14th.

Tuesday, 15 October, Brian Holton will give a talk entitled “From the Dragon’s Mouth: A Life in Translation”. Brian is the author of Staunin Ma Lane and other translations of Chinese poetry, classical and contemporary, into Scots and English. 

Our speaker on 19 November will be Dr Fan Wang,  assistant professor in the School of Energy, Geoscience, infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, who will be speaking about the new countryside communities being developed in China.

Note that our October and November meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, rather than the usual second Tuesday, after which we will revert to our normal schedule.
Date:   Tuesday, 14 January Niall Corbet will return again to talk about “Cycling the Friendship Highway: Lhasa to Kathmandu”

In 2011 Niall joined a month-long expedition cycling from the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, across some of the world’s highest roads to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. They visited the Potala Palace and temples of Lhasa as well as those in Gyantse and Shigatse, on the way passing through stunning Himalayan scenery and witnessing the lives of Tibetan villagers and nomadic yak herders. A visit to Everest base camp and the Rongbuk Monastery was a highlight, before enjoying the world’s longest downhill ride into Nepal. As before, his talk will be accompanied by stunning photographs of the wonderful scenery he encountered en route.  NOT TO BE MISSED!
Our February meeting will be the annual Chinese New Year dinner on Wednesday, 5 February. Information regarding location, time, and how to register will be sent out later in January.
The meeting on 10 March, will be, as usual, on the second Tuesday of the month.