Small Group Activity

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To join a SEA Small Group activity, you must be a SEA member. The SEA is always looking for new group ideas and leaders (SEA members) for these groups. Please contact with your suggestions.

Architecture Study Group

This inquisitive and informal group of 15 members meets at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month from September to June.  Each group member commits, alone or with another member(s), to research and lead at least one walk per year.  The group focuses on Shanghai architecture/history/culture and does so in the context of interpretive walks lasting about two hours and ending someplace for a casual lunch.  No architecture degrees or background are required, just a strong interest in Shanghai architecture combined with a love of walking.  For more information, please contact Rebecca Washer at


If you are a book lover and enjoy an intellectual discussion about what you’ve read, this is the group for you! The book club meets monthly on the second or third Friday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, September through June. We meet at members’ homes and share the responsibility of leading the discussion. For more information, please email Anita Laurila at

Our 2018-19 books:

Sep Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue in a Doomed World by Taras Grescoe

Oct The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Nov The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

Dec A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Jan A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Feb The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

Mar The Vegetarian by Han Kangec

Apr The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

May The Dinner by Herman Koch and Sam Garret

Jun The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen


A very social group that just wants to talk about good books! To be held on a Monday each month and hosted by members in their homes. We will recommend a book, but reading it is not a requirement to join. Please contact Linda Valentine at

International Women’s Choir

The International Women’s Choir meets at the clubhouse of Palace Court on Jia Shan Lu every Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. This is a no-audition required fun group.  Conductors, instrumentalists, and piano players are welcome, too.  Meet new friends while enjoying singing. Please contact Theresa at


This group of bikers meets on a weekly basis, please join the WeChat group for specific dates. New routes each week around Puxi and Pudong area. Guide and bike rental available. For more information please contact Sharon Tay at


Hello Future Runners!  This group is geared for absolute beginners to learn and exercise together. Meeting and training will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10am.  Please contact Mary Hyde at


This very social group meets every Friday at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Beginners welcome. For more information, please contact Click SEA Mahjong to access mahjong rules. Look out for a new Pudong Mahjong Club meeting Tuesdays!