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Manawatu Branch Newsletter September 2014


Next Event September 13th 

At 10.20am in the Palmerston North City Library Sound and Vision, Level 1,George ST. Palmerston North

Discover China Day

Come along to the Library and help us celebrate the 1st National Chinese Language Week

Organised by Manawatu CFS in conjunction with the Victoria University Confucius Institute,Wellington 


10.20am         Opening and Pipa (Chinese Music)     chinese_paintingchinese_characters

!0.30 am        Chinese language and characters.

Workshop with Lanhui Yin (Wellinton Confucius Institute) 

11.00am        Chinese Calligraphy and painting

Workshop with   Stan Chan assisted by Sinan Wang

11.45am        Chinese Martial Arts      Workshop with Fangxiao Meng                                                 

 At Our Last Meeting      (The Internationalisation of Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Alex Chu explained how he recently became involved in initiating scientific studies into the mechanisms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  In 2009, he joined a group of New Zealand medical practitioners to visit the Shanxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SUTCM) at Taiyuan, as well as the Zhen Dong Pharmaceutical Company of China.     Later he also had the opportunity to visit the University of Adelaide with Professor Feng, Vice President of SUTCM where the idea of a joint research programme on TCM between the two universities was proposed following a discussion with the Adelaide vice chancellor Professor James McWha, previously of Massey University.  Following this, a collaborative agreement was established with the University of Adelaide, SUTCM and Zhen Dong Pharmaceutical Company which aimed at exploring some of the molecular aspects of Chinese herbal medicine particularly focusing on how it may affect the immune system.  A new research centre: the Zhendong Molecular TCM Research Centre has now been established at the University of Adelaide, based in the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science under the direction of Professor David Adelson. The Centre will investigate the mode of action of Traditional Chinese Medicine using the rapidly growing field of systems or network biology which looks at the regulation of complex biological systems in the body.

Alice Richardson and Alex Chu 2014Alex Chu,Maurice Alley and Elizabeth







Shandan Bailie School News

Jane Furkert, from Nelson is the new New Zealand  teacher at the Shandan Bailie School and has sent the Society her first report.  Jane  is widely travelled and has previously taught English in Bulgaria and France. Jane expects to stay for the whole school year (September to May) in Shandan, teaching English to 14-18 year-olds and learning more about China’s geography, history and culture. For more details of her report see:-


Chinese Kiwi WW1 Veterans

At a time when we are remembering the centenary of World War 1 in which so many New Zealanders died or were wounded, Jan McLeod from Whanganui has drawn our attention to the little known Chinese Kiwis who fought in this war alongside their fellow countrymen.  Although the number of New Zealanders of Chinese descent who enlisted is unknown an Australian historian, Alastair Kennedy, in a book called Chinese Anzacs, identified up to 150 possible NZ ers who appeared  to have Chinese ancestry.  One of these was Herbert Sing, a brave and popular soldier who was wounded at Gallipoli and eventually killed in France in 1916. He was recommended for a Distinguished Conduct Medal but it appears his family never received it, because it is not mentioned in his war service records at Archives NZ. All his mother got was the Dead Man’s Penny, a little bronze memorial plaque.


NZCFS China  Tours in 2015

The NZCFS tours are always something special as they go to places and meet people that the usual tours do not, and consequently they provide tremendous value for money.  Next year there is a photographers tour in September lead by Judy Livingstone for which a flyer is attached.

Obituary – David Somerset

David Somerset, the well-known writer of stories for Radio NZ “Storytime”, died in Waikanae last week. David was a member of the Wellington Branch of NZCFS and taught English for a time in China at Qingdao. Because he was the nephew of Rewi Alley he was asked to play the part of Rewi in a Chinese film that was made about 20 years ago. He said it was a hilarious experience as neither he nor a German man, who played the part of George Hogg, spoke adequate mandarin and so all that the main characters voices had to be dubbed.

Manawatu Chinese Association Dinner

The Manawatu Chinese Association is holding its annual Moon Festival Dinner this Sunday 14th Sept 2014. It will be held at the MCA branch Hall, 98 Napier Road starting from 6 pm. Those interested in attending please see the attached flyer.

Maurice Alley September 6th 2014