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'Gung Ho': the movement for Chinese Industrial Cooperatives and its international supporters

Wednesday 13 March 6.00 – 8.00pm

Room K0.20, Strand Campus

A joint event with SACU (The Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding) and the Meridian Society. Part of the 'In the Footsteps of Joseph Needham' series of events in 2013.

Jenny Clegg will discuss how, on his first expedition in China in 1943, Joseph Needham was accompanied for part of the way by New Zealander, Rewi Alley. Alley had been instrumental in persuading the Nationalist Government to launch a movement of industrial cooperatives in 1938 – the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives (CIC), also known as Gung Ho (work together) – to support China’s anti-Japanese resistance. CIC and its international committee provided an important context for Needham’s wartime expeditions and he himself was a strong supporter of the organisation and the ‘Bailie’ schools with their ‘hand and brain’ teaching methods.

This talk will outline the work of CIC and consider its significance. It will also discuss the establishment of the Bailie school in Shandan by British volunteer, George Hogg, and then will finally look at Gung Ho’s revival in the late 1980s as well as at the recent development of cooperatives in China.

About the speaker

Jenny Clegg is a writer and former university lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies. She has researched and published work on ‘Gung Ho’ and on cooperatives in China over a number of years. She has been a lifelong member of SACU and is currently a vice-president.

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