H-J studied mandarin at the University of Durham and was a founding member of the Chopsticks Club in 1993. H-J moved to Beijing to work in business development and marketing for a British joint venture company in the mid 1990's. She was elected to position of social secretary for the British Chamber of Commerce in Beijing 1996-97. On her return to London in 1997, H-J moved into direct marketing at Lloyd's of London and took over the running of the Chopsticks Club.
H-J became one of the lead campaigners to save the department of East Asian Studies at Durham from closure. Despite the final outcome, the campaign generated huge debate in academic, political and business circles and the issue was widely publicised in the national press.
H-J is an executive committee member of the Great-Britain China Centre. She is also a director of L2 Language & Cultural Services Limited that provides language training in Chinese, Japanese and Korean as well as cultural training and business briefings. She teaches mandarin in two primary schools in Lambeth.
Theresa Booth (Chinese Name 邓 丽 莎, (Deng LiSha), apparently named after the well known Taiwanese Folk/Pop Singer, Deng LiJun whose English name was also Theresa) first visited and travelled around China in 1983, and revisted for short periods in both 1985, 1988 before living there permanently between 1992-97, firstly in Hubei Province, Jingzhou, (about 100 miles west of Wuhan) where she taught English and French. and from 1994-97 in Beijing where she set up her own business. She has a legal background, having trained and practised as a lawyer in London and for a short while Hong Kong, specializing in Corporate Finance. In 1994 she set up a Sandwich Business in Beijing, the first of its kind, under the mistaken impression this would be a quicker way to learn to speak the language as well as understand from a grass roots perspective, how business is done in China. The experience afforded her some very useful techniques on how to survive in business in China and make a profit, and by default her Mandarin was forced to improve. Since her return to the UK, she has kept up her connection with China through regular visits and environmental research work, with a high China content and of course through the Chopsticks Club!
Roz Walters is Chinese, born in Indonesia. She came to the UK to study, graduating with a degree in Fashion & Textile design. Her entrepreneurial spirit quickly led her to set up her own studio, orchestrating a group of 24 designers to sell designs to European, Japanese and US markets. Her success attracted attention within the industry and she was headhunted to work with haute couture fashion houses. She diversified by offering specialist buying and merchandising advice to fashion stores. Throughout her career Roz has been recognised for her exquisite fashion and colour sense.
In 2002 she inherited a legacy from her father that involves her working with and supporting a school in Fujian province. This involvement has taken her back to her roots and offered an opportunity to speak Mandarin again. In 2003 Roz came across the Chopsticks Club, and drawing on her own considerable experience of working within the English and Chinese cultures, she has found she can interact with ease between the two cultures at the club and its offshoot Mandarin practice group. Roz plays a key role in coordinating the Mandarin practice sessions run by the Chopsticks Club.
Lately, Roz has been involved with London Huayu Radio, promoting multicultural awareness to British and global Chinese communities via online radio.