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The Meridian Society & SACU Joint Event 

Date:  Saturday 15th May, 2010
Time:   13:00 – 17:00
Venue:  Room G3, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies),
University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Agenda:

13:00   Lunch (choice of a variety of lunchboxes, see booking form below)
14:00   Talk on 'The Art of the Abacus' by Dr Zhang Qing and demonstration
15:00   Tea break
15:30   Film Home Sweet Home – After the Quake (donations will be collected for the earthquake appeal)
16:30   Pre-tour talk Conservation of Old Shanghai and the Water-towns of South-east China

These events are separate and elective.

Enjoy a variety of Chinese, English tea and Chinese biscuits during the lunch time and tea break time.

Entrance fee only (without Lunch):
Meridian Society Members and SACU Members Free; Non-members £5.00
Entrance fee with Lunch box:
Meridian Society Members and SACU Members £7.00; Non-members £12.00

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING FORM

'THE ART OF THE ABACUS' - Talk by Dr Zhang Qing

1The talk will include a brief history of the origins of the abacus, how it is used and how it compares with the calculator/computer in recent times.  

Dr Zhang Qing is a businesswoman with a doctorate in Economics.  Her experience with the abacus spans more than 20 years, during which time she has worked for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Beijing. The abacus was the instrument used in all the Bank's financial calculations.  Dr Zhang took part in many abacus competitions in China and won a number of prizes in Beijing.  She has been teaching the abacus at various levels over the past ten years and, as a member of the Abacus Association, has trained students and professional staff for commercial companies, banks and offices.

 FILM: HOME SWEET HOME – AFTER THE QUAKE

1This is a story of a rural family in Pingqiao in northern Sichuan Province, who try to rebuild their lives after the disastrous earthquake of May 2008 decimated their village.  Heart-wrenching, honest and at times humorous, it looks at the conflict that emerges between Grandma Liu, who insists on the family home being rebuilt on the original site in honour of their ancestors, her son Li who feels that living near the main road will bring greater opportunities for work and her daughter-in-law Xiong who, as head of the village production brigade, must try to keep everyone satisfied.  Filmed over a period of several months by an army film crew, this documentary was aired last year on BBC World to great acclaim.  Peng Wenlan, Chair of The Meridian Society, will be introducing the film.

A suggested donation of £5 per person for the Sichuan Earthquake Appeal will be collected for the film and proceeds will be forwarded to the British Red Cross.

Transport: The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Goodge Street. For more options please go to: http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=e

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