China through British Eyes

——Launch of new books and donation of books

Time: 10:00-11:00, Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Venue: 5F110 China International Publishing Group (CIPG), Olympia London W14 8UX

Host: China International Publishing Group (CIPG)

Patrons:Cultural Section of the Chinese Embassy in the UK; London Office of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of P. R. China

Organizers: New World Press Ltd., Global China Institute and Global Century Press Ltd.

Sponsors:China POCY Group, Beautiful China

Programme

Part I Launch of new books and donation of books 10:00-11:00

Chair: Ms HUANG Wei, Director of Chief Editor’s Office, CIPG
10:00-10:05 Chair to open the event and introduce honorary guests
10:05-10:15 Greetings (5 minutes each)

  • Mr MA Hui, Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the UK
  • Mr LIU Dawei, Vice-President of CIPG

10:15-10:25 Speeches by representatives of the publishers (5 minutes each)

  • Mr TONG Meng, Director of Copyright Office, New World Press
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang, President of Global China Institute and Editor-in-chief of Global Century Press

10:25-10:40 China through the lens of the authors (5 minutes each)

  • Walk Your Dream and Walk for Peace, by Lord Bates
  • China’s Role in a Shared Human Future, by Professor Martin Albrow
  • PINGJU: Real Life Opera and a ‘Rural Chinese Shakespeare’, by Dr Frances Wood (author of Foreword to the book)

10:40-10:45 Launch of new books
1. Walk Your Dream and Walk for Peace

  • Walk Your Dream (English and Chinese dual language edition)
  • Walk for Peace: Transcultural Experiences in China (English enlarged edition)

Launched by: Mr LIU Dawei, Mr YU Peng, Lord Bates, Lady Bates

2. Pingju

  • Pingju: Real Life Opera of Northern China (Original Edition)
  • Pingju: Real Life Opera and a ‘Rural Chinese Shakespeare’ (Updated Edition) 

Launched by: Mr LIU Dawei, Mr YU Peng, Dr Frances Wood, Mrs Ingrid Cranfield 

10:45-10:50 Donation of books
1) Donation of books to Cambridge University and the University of Westminster:

  • Walk Your Dream (English and Chinese dual language edition)
  • Walk for Peace:Transcultural Experiences in China (Enlarged edition)

Presenters: Lord Bates and Lady Bates

  • Pingju: Real Life Opera of Northern China (Original Edition)
  • Pingju: Real Life Opera and a ‘Rural Chinese Shakespeare’ (Updated Edition)

Presenters: Dr Frances Wood

Recipients:
Mr Charles Aylmer, Head of Chinese Department, Cambridge University Library
Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of China Media Centre, University of Westminster

2) To present 4 unveiled books to Lord and Lady Wilson
Presenters: Presenter: Mr LIU Dawei, Vice-president of CIPG
Recipients: Lord Wilson and Lady Wilson

3) Donation of a book list to the Chinese Embassy in the UK

China-themed books by Britons and UK-themed books by Chinese published during the 70-year history of the CIPG, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of P. R. China and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of China-UK diplomatic relations at the level of Chargé d'affaires

Presenter: Mr LIU Dawei, Vice-President of CIPG
Recipient: Mr YU Peng, Minister Counsellor of the Culture Office, Chinese Embassy

10:50-11:00 Group photo

Minister MA Hui, Mr LIU Dawei, Lord Wilson, Lady Wilson, Mr YU Peng, Professor Martin Albrow, Lord Bates, Lady Bates, Dr Frances Wood, Mr Charles Aylmer, Professor Hugo de Burgh, Professor Xiangqun Chang, Mrs Ingrid Cranfield, Dr MA Rujun, Mr HUANG Wei, Ms XUE Ling, Ms MA Lei, Mr TONG Meng

11:00-12:00 Roundtable Discussion on China and International Communications and Agreement-signing Ceremony Between New World Press and Global Century Press

Invited guests and participants (in alphabetical order):

  • Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary President of Global China Institute
  • Mr Charles Aylmer, Head of Chinese Department, Cambridge University Library
  • The Rt Hon Lord Bates, author
  • Lady Xuelin Li Bates, Chairman of Walk for Peace Foundation UK; Senior Vice Chairman & Secretary General of UK Chinese Business Association
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang, President of Global China Institute; Honorary Professor of University College London
  • Ms CHEN Yuqin, China International Publishing Group (CIPG) 
  • Mrs Ingrid Cranfield, Vice-President of Global China Institute; President of Global Century Press
  • Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of China Media Centre, University of Westminster
  • Ms Jieyuan Gao, MA student, University of Westminster
  • Ms Shenghan Gao, MA student, University of Westminster
  • Ms Zongyu Han, MA student, King's College London
  • Dr Chiho Ivan Hon, Translator, Global China Institute
  • Professor JIN Wei, Visiting Fellow of King’s College London; Professor of Wuhan University
  • Mr Mark Lee, Graphic designer, Global Century Press 
  • Mr LIU Dawei, Vice-President of China International Publishing Group (CIPG)
  • Mr LIU Kai, Representative of China POCY Group
  • Ms MA Lei, First Secretary, Culture Office, Chinese Embassy in the UK
  • Dr MA Ruijun, President of New Star Press
  • Dr WANG Jiangli, Director of London Office, Zhejiang University
  • Professor WANG Xin, Visiting Fellow of University of Westminster; Professor of Laining University
  • Lord David Wilson, Diplomat, Scottish administrator, and Sinologist. He served as the Governor of Hong Kong; Editor of The China Quarterly 
  • Lady Natasha Wilson, was Director of School-Home Support Service (UK); Ex Head Mistress 
  • Dr Frances Wood, Former head of the Chinese department at the British Library
  • Dr Belinda M Wu, Deputy General Secretary and Research Fellow of Global China Institute
  • Mr XIA Zhansheng,China International Publishing Group (CIPG)
  • Mr XIE Xiaocheng, General Manager, Cypress Books Ltd, UK
  • Ms Xu Yan, Representative of London Office, Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Ms XUE Ling, Representative of London Office, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China
  • Mr YU Peng, Minister Counsellor of the Culture Office, Chinese Embassy in the UK
  • ? Beautiful China

Invited media:

  • Mr GU Zhenqiu, President of Xinhua News Agency
  • Mr ZHANG Ping, President of London Branch, China News Service
  • Ms XU Liqun, Head of London Branch, People’s Daily
  • Mr YU Yilei, President of European Branch, China Daily
  • Mr Cao Jie, Phoenix TV, chief correspondent of the European station in the UK
  • TANG Ye, Journalist, CCTV of China Media Group
  • Mr LIANG Tao, Head of UK Station, China Radio International (CRI), China Media Group
  • Mr WANG Yisan, UK Manager of People's Daily Online
  • Mr Xuemei Zhao, Director of Centre for Sino-China Culture and Arts Exchange; Founder of Letters from London
  • Mr Ning Li, CEO of Golden Age News Group
  • Ms Ai Qi, Journalist of Golden Age News Group
  • Some journalists from the Global Times, NetEase London, China News Weekly, European Times

Product details

1) Walk Your Dream 

Author: The Rt. Hon. Lord Michael Bates
Pages: 315 
Language: English and Chinese
Publisher: New World Press (March 2019)
Product Dimensions: 170x230mm
ISBN 978-7-5104-6732-5

2) Walk for Peace:Transcultural Experiences in China (enlarged edition)

Author: The Rt. Hon. Lord Michael Bates
Book Series: Transcultural experiences with 'three eyes' No. 2
Pages: 388
Language: English
Publisher: Global Century Press and New World Press (March 2019)
Product Dimensions: 170 x 244 mm
ISBN 978-1-910334-38-6 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-910334-40-9 (hardcover)
DOI https://doi.org/10.24103/TETE.en.pb.2019a
DOI https://doi.org/10.24103/TETE.en.hb.2019a


About the book

In 2015, the author, the Rt Hon. Lord Michael Bates walked 1,059 miles from Beijing to Hangzhou, raising over £90,000 for the China Red Cross. The book consists of 71 diary entries and dozens of photos taken of and by the author on the walk. It also includes five Appendices, which provide information related to the ‘Walk for Peace’ series. In 2018, the author walked 160.7 miles from Beijing to Tangshan Caofeidian, raising over £365,550 to set up a Sino-British vocational education scholarship, helping 100 students from poor areas, and the Princes Foundation in the UK. This new edition combines the previous book as Part I and the new diary entries and reflections as Part II.

Extracts from Walk for Peace

‘My chosen mode of getting around on my three-month visit to China was an unusual one – walking. I was undertaking a charity walk from Beijing to Hangzhou, roughly following the Grand Canal connecting the two cities and extending some 1,000 miles …. When you walk, you need to engage with the communities you walk through in a real way – seeking food, water, shelter and advice on directions.’ - from 2015 walk

’In each country I walk through, 25 so far (Editor's note: 18 in 2015), what strikes me most are not our differences, which are trivial, entirely cultural and massively over-stated, but our similarities, which are vast, awe-inspiring and largely unexplored.’ - from 2015 walk

'In addition to the East learning from the West, I hope the West can learn from the East. I believe our human civilisation has become out of balance. To address the imbalance requires cultures to be true to themselves while being open to others. I think Tongzhou hits the mark in this quest.' - from 2018 walk

“There are many similarities between Professor Fei Xiaotong and Lord Bates. As a pioneering Chinese sociologist and anthropologist, Fei was Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and Vice-President of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and Bates was vice-Chairman of the UK House of Lords, and is State Minister of International Development in the UK government. At the launch of Bates’s Walk for Peace at the 2017 London Book Fair, Global Century Press and New World Press signed an agreement to jointly publish three social scientific popular books by Fei. Bates’s Walk for Peace has similar features to Fei’s books. Fei’s work had a great influence on China’s social economic development, and Bates’s book provides some useful thoughts and information for understanding China from a comparative perspective. Beside, Fei Xiaotong lived a lifelong commitment to the idea of 'being for the benefit of the people'. Bates has carried out charitable walks in more than 20 countries.” – from the Postscript, by Prof Xiangqun Chang, President of Global China Institute

About the author, translator and editor

The Rt. Hon. Lord Michael Bates, author, Member of House of Lords, Minister of State for International Development, former Deputy Chairman and Deputy Speaker of House of Lords; former Minister of State for Home Office, UK. Lady Xuelin Li Bates, translator and editor, Chairman of Walk for Peace Foundation, UK; Honorary President of the Confederation of Chinese Association UK; President of Zhejiang UK Association; Vice President of Zhejiang Overseas Exchange Association. Since 2011, with the help of Lady Bates, Lord Bates has carried out the following charitable walks:

  • Walked 160.7 miles from Beijing to Tangshan Caofeidian for Walk Your Dream, raising over £365,550 for setting up a Sino-British vocational education scholarship, helping 100 students from poor areas, and the Princes Foundation in the UK (2018)
  • Walked 636 miles from London to Edinburgh for UK solidarity walk, raising over £50,000 for the British Red Cross (2017)
  • Walked 1,865 miles from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Truce, raising over £250,000 for UNICEF (2016)
  • Walked 1,059 miles from Beijing to Hangzhou, raising over £90,000 for the Red Cross (2015)
  • Walked 1,041 miles from London to Berlin, raising over £40,000 for Friedensdorf International (2014)
  • Walked 518 miles from London to Derry, raising over £50,000 for Save the Children (2013)
  • Walked 2,916 miles from Olympia to London to raise awareness of the 2012 Olympic Truce (2012)

3) Pingju: Real Life Opera of Northern China (Original edition)

Author: John Chinnery 
Language:
English
Product Dimensions:
240 x 168 mm
Page:
315
Publication Date:
08/2016
ISBN:
9787510457166, 7510457165
Publisher:
New World Press

4) Pingju: Real Life Opera and a ‘Rural Chinese Shakespeare’ (Updated edition)

Author: John Chinnery
Book Series: Transcultural experiences with 'three eyes' No. 3
Pages:214 
Language: English
Publisher: Global Century Press and New World Press (March 2019)
Product Dimensions: 170 x 244 mm
ISBN 978-1-910334-70-6 (paperback)
ISBN 78-1-910334-71-3 (hardcover)
DOI https://doi.org/10.24103/TETE.en.pb.2019
DOI https://doi.org/10.24103/TETE.en.hb.2019

About the book

“This is a very important book. It introduces a significant dramatic form which is completely unknown in the West, though most tourists who visit China will be familiar with Peking Opera. Pingju is so much more. It is a local form, it is a significant form, born out of the period of crisis and reform just a hundred years ago. With his familiarity with traditional Chinese culture and traditional Chinese literature, John Chinnery explains its development with a broad understanding of the cultural and historical background, and with great clarity. His sympathy for the extraordinary hardships experienced by the Pingju troupes and his empathy with the actors inform his profound scholarship.”  – from Foreword to this book, by Dr Frances Wood, former Head of Chinese Collections at the British Library 

This updated edition differs from the original in three ways. First, the title has been changed to Pingju: Real Life Opera and a ‘Rural Chinese Shakespeare’ in order to highlight the story of the writer of Pingju opera. Second, the book has been revised to accord with our house style. Third, almost all of the Chinese references have been translated into English, and their publishers and publication dates added. Without this it would be almost impossible to identify these Chinese sources.      

About the Author

John Chinnery (1924-2010) was a British sinologist, who worked at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) from 1943 to 1964, before moving to Edinburgh University, where he served as Head of the Department of Chinese for nearly 25 years (1965-1989). He was one of the first Britons to befriend communist China after the Second World War, and, together with Joseph Needham and Han Suyin, he founded the Scotland–China Association in 1966. He married his second wife, Chen Xiaoying, in 1970 and lived in China in later life. His publications include, in addition to this book on Pingju (first published as Pingju: Real Life Opera of Northern China, 2016), The Life and Works of Lu Xun (2014), The Civilization of Ancient China (2012), Treasures of China: the glories of the Kingdom of the Dragon (new edition 2011, 2008), The Sacred East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto (co-author, 2003), The Memoirs of Xin Fengxia (translation, 2001), Land of the Dragon: Chinese myth (co-author, 1999), Corresponding English and Chinese Proverbs and Phrases: with explanations and examples (co-author, 1984), Mao Tsé-Tung Unrehearsed: talks and letters, 1956–1971 (co-author, 1974) and What is Happening in Vietnam? (1956).

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