Out-of-hours Guided Tour of British Library’s ‘Chinese and British’ Exhibition

22nd of March 2023
British Library (meet at the main foyer entrance)
Free admission

The exhibition ‘Chinese and British’ at the British Library explores the long history British
Chinese communities and culture through photographs, manuscripts and interviews with those who have lived through it. The exhibition curators have kindly offered The Meridian Society members an exclusiveguided out-of-hours tour of the exhibition.
The places are limited, and therefore please make your booking as soon as possible.

Please email to book a place. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis.

Sunday 5th February

Delicious dumplings and more on the eve of the Lantern Festival, followed by a screening at BFI Southbank of What about China? – an insightful visual diary of writer/filmmaker Trinh Minh-Ha’s visit to rural China in the 1990s.

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Peng Wenlan in Conversation with TELLY LEUNG
followed by an evening at the theatre!

Allegiance has moved from Broadway to London! Based on the personal story of the legendary TV and film star George Takei (of Star Trek fame) and his internment in an American concentration camp during World War II, the musical is currently on at Charing Cross Theatre. (

The Meridian Society is delighted to have the opportunity of inviting co-star Telly Leung, who plays the son of George’s character, to meet us in the middle of his busy schedule. Telly is an American actor, director, singer and songwriter and a strong campaigner for LGBTQ rights. Our society director Peng Wenlan will be holding a conversation with him about his career and ambitions and his role in the musical.

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Open discussion: Mainstreaming ESEA British Theatremakers

Friday 3rd March, 2023

This session will be followed, as entertainment, by an evening play reading of This Is Not A True Story, presented by the student SOAS Chinese Culture Society, followed by an informal Q&A.

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Hot on the heels of Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan’s moving speeches at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards, The Meridian Society and UK trade union for creative practitioners Equity will be collaborating on a roundtable discussion on the challenges facing actors of East  Southeast Asian background in England

Later in the year

The Meridian Society will partner with the British Library to hold an afternoon of honest, humorous, and definitely heartwarming, presentations on Chinese
Identity with wellknown personalities.

Watch this space!