British Inter-University China Centre

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oriental Institute

Abstract

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Description In its initial phase, BICC was funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, the Scottish Funding Council, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, as well as the AHRC. In 2006-2012 the centre oversaw the training of a cadre of new postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, as part of a programme of national capacity enhancement in the field of Chinese studies. Chinese language capability lay at the heart of the training programme, and the centre ran teaching programmes and provided opportunities for retooling in Chinese for students without the language. The aim was also to produce a body of original research, developed by all members of the BICC, which would then be disseminated both within the academic and wider communities through events, network building, and knowledge exchange initiatives.
Exploitation Route BICC's mission in its current phase extends the previous work already done in the China Field, through increasing educational links at academic and institutional level, between research bodies, colleges, schools and universities. Knowledge Exchange is a key objective in this phase of the project, both within and external to the academic community. BICC wants to reach outside of academia and to engage with the public and cultural sector as well as maintaining its partnerships and links within the Chinese Studies field. As its community of researchers continues to expand, and as its former students have moved into lectureships at universities across the United Kingdom and internationally, BICC wishes to maintain its teaching and research excellence on all China related matters, with a unique strength in History, Language and Culture, Politics and International Relations, all underpinned by language study. BICC wishes to bring its knowledge outside of a University setting in order to bring its understanding to all corners of society, and to promote interest in China to all sections of the community.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Security and Diplomacy,Other

URL http://www.bicc.ac.uk/
 
Description BICC's mission in its current phase extends the previous work already done in the China Field, through increasing educational links at academic and institutional level, between research bodies, colleges, schools and universities. Knowledge Exchange is a key objective in this phase of the project, both within and external to the academic community. BICC wants to reach outside of academia and to engage with the public and cultural sector as well as maintaining its partnerships and links within the Chinese Studies field. As its community of researchers continues to expand, and as its former students have moved into lectureships at universities across the United Kingdom and internationally, BICC wishes to maintain its teaching and research excellence on all China related matters, with a unique strength in History, Language and Culture, Politics and International Relations, all underpinned by language study. BICC wishes to bring its knowledge outside of a University setting in order to bring its understanding to all corners of society, and to promote interest in China to all sections of the community.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Beyond the Ming vase : new light on the art of great brightness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact China in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) has long been famous for the art it produced, and in particular for the porcelain it exported to all parts of the globe, objects which were perhaps the first truly global 'brand'. Improved accessibility to the collections held in China itself, as well as some spectacular archaeological discoveries, are changing our understanding of the art of this period. The lecture will introduce some of this new material, from gold table ware to miniature painting of imperial festivities, and talk about how our understanding of the dynasty of 'Great Brightness' has changed in recent years.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://www.bris.ac.uk/ceas/events/downloads/biccposter.doc
 
Description China : the pessoptimist nation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact International politics seminar

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2012
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEV3owuWO0I
 
Description China embraces the world : the concepts of the world in Chinese official and popular visual culture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Part of a Centre for International Politics (CIP) colloquium.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description China's future nuclear strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Presented at 'China's futures : and the world's future' research workshop

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.bicc.ac.uk/files/2012/06/20111111-ChinasFutures_-programme.pdf
 
Description Chinese co-temporalities and the making of cosmopolitan Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presented at workshop on Diasporic Conviviality, Cosmopolitanism and Urban Spaces

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Fashion in late Qing China : Han women's formal jackets and popular drama 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Global Arts: Exchange and Innovation of Visual and Material Culture Across the World, 1300-1800 summer school

The summer school aimed to encourage the understanding of cross-cultural creativity through the analysis of historical texts, written sources and objects. It connects new research in the field of global history with curatorial practices in museum displays and exhibitions that in recent years have fostered a greater dialogue between Western and non-Western scholarship. Participants were asked to reflect critically on how innovation and creativity in the arts stemmed from economic and cultural exchanges across Eurasia and the New World.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/ghcc/events/forthcomingevents/summerschool/
 
Description Governance and China's environmental crisis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The emergence of China as an economic power has been accompanied by serious environmental problems at the local, regional and global levels such as water pollution, air pollution, and climate change. China has made great efforts in institution building, policy and regulatory reform, and public investments to reduce pollution, but progress is still limited. Why? This lecture examines the extent to which China's current institutions and policies can successfully address the country's major environmental and energy challenges and discusses how reforming environmental governance can promote a more sustainable development path.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Is to get rich glorious? : the implications of turning contemporary China into a consumer society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Why should we care that urban China now has gated communities with single-occupancy homes, gigantic shopping malls, private automobiles, meat-based diets served in fast-food outlets, international brand-name fashions, and an ever-expanding array of new leisure activities--like golfing, vacationing in exotic locations, and designer drugs? This talk examines how the re-introduction and spread of Western-style consumerism over the past few decades has dramatically altered everyday life in China. It also suggests how Chinese consumerism is re-shaping the modern world.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Lending a hand to the children orphaned by AIDS in China 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact During the 1990s, blood selling became a popular way to earn supplementary income for poor peasants in Central China. Due to unsanitary blood collection practices, such as re-use of needles, unsterilized equipment, blood pooling, and re-injection of blood back to the donors after plasma extraction, many blood donors contracted HIV and other blood-related diseases. Some rural areas became seriously affected by AIDS, with an infection rate as high as 40% to 60% among the adult population.

The AIDS epidemic also creates a growing orphan population. As more and more adults die of AIDS, the children they leave behind will become orphans. Growing up without the love and care of parents, these children may not be able to go to school due to lack of financial means, and may develop psychological problems. These orphans, who could soon be in the millions as China's AIDS population grows, will be less likely to be employed when they grow up if they are not educated. Some orphans may turn into gangsters in cities, thereby creating an enormous social problem in China for many more years to come.

Volunteering on behalf of the Chi Heng Foundation (CHF), a registered charity based in Hong Kong, Chung started a program providing assistance to the AIDS patients and their children. Currently, CHF provides education sponsorship and other care and support for over 7,500 children whose parents have died of or are dying of AIDS in the area, making it the largest non-governmental operation focusing on serving the AIDS impacted children in China.

During countless trips to the Central China, Chung had visited hundreds of households in many villages deeply affected by AIDS. He will share his first hand, intimate experience from a local perspective with the audience, and what the program he founded is doing to help these children. In addition to discussing the current situation, Chung will also talk about the needs of the orphans and how we can help.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://www.ccs.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/research/seminars0809.html
 
Description Of innovation and invention : the Chinese system in the Hu era 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presented at 'Invention and Innovation: China and Global Influences' workshop

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Reading instructions for an early printed map of the Chinese empire : a digital reconstruction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This slide show reconstructs the instructions embedded in the supplemental notes to the survey map published in the earliest extant printed atlas of the Chinese Empire (ca. 1130).

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:c0c281cd-4c2d-46ea-94b0-f7758cf0c3e6
 
Description Sino-European relations : sectoral dialogue and its contribution to strategic goals 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Over the past 25 years Sino-European Relations have evolved from a relationship characterized by limited engagement in the area of trade and economics to include intensive political dialogue and international and sectoral collaboration. Described by European and Chinese leaders as both a comprehensive and strategic partnership, engagement in repeated dialogues and the production of an increasingly institutionalized relationship suggest the establishment of a foundation of common values and common goals in both bilateral and international relations. The events surrounding the 2008 Olympics torch relay, subsequent protests and boycotts, as well the suspension of dialogue following France's meeting with the Dali Lama however, highlight the vulnerability of this relationship to external events and developments.

Contrary to the 'stop and go' pace of engagement at the supranational level sectoral dialogues and projects continued to flourish. Including the policy areas of the environment, space, financial services, emergency services, sustainable development and immigration, each have the potential to contribute to the advancement of bilateral Sino-European communications. Distanced from the burdens of neo-realist ideologies embodied in official communications and nationalism, it suggests that industry, business, NGOs, and local and national governments can provide alternative opportunities for maintaining collaboration support and exchange.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Social identity in urbanising China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presented at International Workshop on Social and Economic Development in China and India

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description The margins within : what gays and lesbians can tell us about contemporary Chinese society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact As westerners have begun to interact with a globalizing China, we have become more curious about what the country is really like. Although we may generally be familiar with the Han people (China's majority), many of us may not know about the rich complexity of China's multi-ethnic, multilingual, and multicultural society. And even if we have been lucky enough to hear about the Tibetans, to learn about the Uighurs, or to tour minority areas in the southwest, there are less visible groups we may never encounter but who are a vibrant part of today's China. In my work with one such group-the gay and lesbian community in Beijing-I have learned that people on the margins of society can teach us a lot about mainstream culture and values.



This talk will focus on the daily lives and experiences of urban Chinese gays and lesbians, discussing what their attempts to fit in, to get away, and also just to have fun can tell us about contemporary Chinese society and culture.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description The politics of a gay and lesbian future in Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Presented at 'China's futures : and the world's future' research workshop

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.bicc.ac.uk/files/2012/06/20111111-ChinasFutures_-programme.pdf
 
Description Transforming Shanghai in the early 1950s : the elimination of the British presence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presented at workshop titled 'The transnational '50s : new perspectives on the early PRC and the outside world'

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.bicc.ac.uk/research-networks/bicc-chinese-1950s-network/