Small Group Activity

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 Julie Chun at

Book Club

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 pmSeptember 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:
Sept    Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrique in a Doomed World  Taras Grescoe
Oct     The Immortalists    Chloe Benjamin
Nov    The Sympathizer    Viet Thanh Nguyen
Dec    The Vegetarian    Han Kang
Jan     A Gentleman in Moscow    Amor Towles
Feb    The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir    Kao Kalia Yang
Mar    A Moveable Feast    Ernest Hemingway
Apr     The Girl with Seven Names    Hyeonseo Lee
May    The Dinner    Herman Koch, Sam Garret
Jun     The Monk of Mokha    Dave Eggers


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 JZ School on Wu Kang 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

Keto Kitchen

Overweight, in pain and inflammation, not enjoying good health? Join us on the last Wednesday of the month at 10:30am. Members of this group will learn about a ketogenic diet, why it’s beneficial, what foods to eat, to avoid and how to cook delicious dishes. The keto diet is a low carbohydrate diet, high fat diet (LCHF). Weight loss and better health journeys are difficult, so this group will provide a support network with extended groups and links on the internet to provide more information. Contact Mamie at or for more details.


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.

Bicycle Tour Group

Calling all biking enthusiasts! Biweekly leisure rides around the city and Pudong area for about 2-4 hours.  Bike rental available. Rental and guide will cost around 200-250 RMB each depending on attendance.  If interested, please contact Sharon Tay at 13671854996.