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Lecture and lunch
Saturday 1st December

Austin Coates: an English Mandarin

Speaker: Malcolm Jack
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD
Cost: £8 per member or guest, to include refreshments
Lunch: A self-paying lunch will be arranged at 12:30 p.m. at ‘Red and Hot’, 37 Chalton Street, NW1 1JD. Please advise if you wish to join the lunch.
Booking: Please email Paul Bolding at or tel: 020 7684 5811.

Austin Coates arrived as a young magistrate in the New Territories in the turbulent year of 1949 when the shadow of invasion from the mainland hung over Hong Kong.  He was at once fascinated by Chinese culture and custom which he captures in his lively memoir, “Myself a Mandarin”. He went on to become a full-time writer and historian of Macau as well as Hong Kong. The talk will examine his memoir,  as well as his historical and fictional writing about Macau.

Our speaker Malcolm Jack was brought up in Hong Kong, his mother’s family having first set foot in Macau in the nineteenth century. After an official career in the House of Commons, he is now a full-time writer, critic and university lecturer. His book “To the Fairest Cape: European Encounters in the Cape of Good Hope” will published imminently by Bucknell/Rutgers university presses. He is at present working on Hong Kong writers of the 1950s.

London East Asia Film Festival 2018
25 October – 4 November 2018
• May feature a few Hong Kong films

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Chinese at SOAS Language Centre

SOAS Language Centre provides short course tuition in Chinese (Mandarin) and in Cantonese on weekdays, during the evening, and on Saturday mornings. It also offers a range of intensive and semi-intensive courses during the Easter and summer periods, some of these for specific language-learning requirements (e.g. Chinese for Business; Chinese for the Martial Arts).

Studying Chinese at the SOAS Language Centre

In addition to its short courses, SOAS Language Centre also offers two full-time accredited programmes: the Certificate/Diploma in Communicative Chinese and the Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Chinese is a vibrant section within SOAS Language Centre and the study of Chinese is a popular choice with language learners from all walks of life. Currently, there are around a dozen teachers of Chinese, all of whom have considerable expertise in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language.

Chinese Language Courses

Certificates and Diplomas

Certificate/Diploma in Communicative Chinese (full-time)

Teacher Training in Chinese

Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

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