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Ghost Girl // Gwei Mui 鬼妹

Dates and Times – 22 Jan – 9 Feb 2019 at 7.15pm

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Ticket information

£12/10 (conc.)

Presented by Jennifer Tang

On a hot clammy muggy day in October
In a Chinese takeaway restaurant
A decision was made:

A woman was going to take another woman’s baby.
She thought she was getting a chow mein and instead she got a baby.
Six months later
From the top floor of a hospital
Wrapped in blankets and snuggled away

A woman called Janice and a man called Phil
Took home a baby girl.

Based on the personal story of theatremaker Jennifer Tang, who was born to Cantonese parents but raised by a white British family, this powerful and contemporary new show asks what it really means to be British and Chinese, and how family, love and belonging all shape who and what we are.

Conceived & directed by Jennifer Tang
Devised & performed by Bea Holland, Siu-See Hung, Danielle Phillips and Paula So Man Siu
Design by Hannah Sibai
Lighting by Zia Bergin-Holly
Sound by Keir Vine


Saturday 30th March

Our friend David Bellis has kindly offered to come and talk to us again on his collection of photographs of old Hong Kong.  David will share some more of his favourite photos and stories from his growing archive of historic Hong Kong images. The talk follows recent publication of his latest book “Old Hong Kong Photos and The Tales They Tell: Volume 2”. It will be his fourth talk to the friends.

The photos for this talk are grouped around four themes:-

  1. The ubiquitous shoulder pole
  2. A selection of Hong Kong views from 1902
  3. Off the beaten track – less commonly seen parts of Hong Kong
  4. Photos of Kowloon

David runs the popular local-history website, It hosts over 30,000 pages about old Hong Kong, including over 15,000 photos. In 2014 David won the SCMP’s Heritage Preservation Award, one of their “The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards”, for his work on

Saturday 18th May

The Friends AGM will be held on 18th May, followed by an not-to-be-missed lecture given by Barbara Anslow, age 100, based on her diaries that she kept during her internment in Stanley Prisoner of War Camp in Hong Kong with her mother in WWII.  I have heard her speak and she is the most delightful lady.  She gave the talk herself, with her daughter by her side, with just a few notes – she talked eloquently about their life in the camp and her memory is so clear and focused strongly on how they ‘made do’ with the little that they had.  Definitely not to be missed.  The publicity around the discovery of her diaries led to a book called ‘Tin Hats & Rice’, published in 2018.

Both lectures will be at the RAS HQ, as usual.  To book either or both these lectures, please email to Paul Bolding at


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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