Anglo-Chinese Educational Institute (ACEI)
The Anglo-Chinese Education Institute was an organization which promoted the serious and sympathetic study of modern China, though its overall political perspective was never that of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Its three Trustees as of 1972 were Joseph Needham, the famous scholar of the development of science and technology in Chinese history; Joan Robinson, a prominent liberal Keynesian economist with sympathies for Maoist economics; and Mary Adams.
We believe that the ACEI was either the same organization, or else closely associated with, the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU), which still exists. Like most other ‘China friendship organizations’ of that era, the political line of SACU has changed away from the serious revolutionary interest of the early years toward sympathy with the revisionist and then openly capitalist country that China turned into later.
The ACEI published a series of interesting pamphlets on modern China, a journal called China Now, and in other ways promoted the study of Chinese society.
[All these downloads, and the introduction, are taken from bannedthought. We thank them for their work.]
Modern China Series
China’s Economy, by Nicholas Brunner, Modern China Series No. 1. [Not yet available.]
Hand and brain in China and other essays, by Dr. Joseph Needham and others, Modern China Series No. 2, October 1971. Not available in the original ACEI pamphlet form, but available as a Far East Reporter reprint included here.
China’s social policy, by Isaac Ascher. Modern China Series No. 3, September 1972, 64 pages.
Economic management in China, by Joan Robinson. Modern China Series No. 4. There were 3 editions of this pamphlet, the first in 1972, the second in 1975, and the third in 1976. We do not yet have the 3rd edition available.
Education in China, by Peter Mauger, Sylvia Mauger, William Edmonds, Roland Berger, Patrick Daly, and Valerie Marett, Modern China Series No. 5, January 1974, 84 pages.
The women’s movement in China – a selection of readings (1949-1973), ed. by Elisabeth Croll, Modern China Series No. 6, 1974, 129 pages.
Introduction to China, by Innes Herdan, Modern China Series No. 7, 1976, 60 pages.
Health care in China, including ‘The mass line by Joshua Horn, and an ‘Annotated bibliography’ of books on health care in China, Modern China Series No. 8, 1976, 64 pages.
Reports from China – 1953-76, by Joan Robinson, 1977, 132 pages.
Mao Tse-tung, Marxist, by David Fernbach, January 1978, 31 pages.
China’s World View, Modern China Series No. 10, 1979, 115 pages. This volume promotes the views in foreign affairs of the capitalist roaders who seized power in a coup d’état after Mao’s death, and focuses especially on their so-called ‘Three Worlds Theory’.