The Royal Asiatic Society is currently closed because of the health crisis. However, staff are continuing to work from home and should you have any enquiries, members of staff can be reached by email:

Director: Alison Ohta
Email: aoATroyalasiaticsocietyDOTorg

Librarian: Edward Weech
Email: ewATroyalasiaticsocietyDOTorg

Archivist: Nancy Charley
Email: ncATroyalasiaticsocietyDOTorg

Journal Executive Editor: Charlotte de Blois
Email: cdbATroyalasiaticsocietyDOTorg

We send our best wishes to all our members and supporters. We hope everyone stays virus free and we look forward to resuming our activities once this difficult time has passed.

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A portico of four columns. Ram Raz Collection c.1825
RAS 077.001 (37-39)
Kunisato Triptych: View of Akabane, Yedo, early evening. From an album of theatrical prints presented by Herbert Charles Fanshawe, December 1923
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Tod Collection: Rana Jai Singh of Newar being weighed, Udaipur
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Demons and kings seated in two main rows. Illustration from the Adi parva of the Mahabharata.

Latest News: Lectures, Collections and Prizes

Unfortunately our current lecture programme has been disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find podcasts of previous lectures at https://backdoorbroadcasting.net/tag/royal-asiatic-society/ or by following the links on our 'Past Events' page.

If you are missing seeing our Collections, there are an increasing number in our Digital Library: https://royalasiaticcollections.org/.

Submissions for the Bayly Prize 2020 have now been closed. Judging has been postponed until later in the year. For further details on the Bayly Prize please see https://royalasiaticsociety.org/about-us/the-bayly-prize-applications-and-nominations/

RAS Beijing Zoom Talk: Digital Secrets of a Legendary Chinese Painting

Digital Secrets of a Legendary Chinese Painting, by Alfreda Murck: an RASBJ Zoom talk followed by Q&A. WHEN: July 15, 20:00-21:00 Beijing Standard Time. This event is free and exclusively for members of the RAS Beijing and of other RAS branches. If you'd like to participate please email ao@royalasiaticsociety.org

Reading Room to Re-Open from Thursday 23 July

We plan to re-open the RAS Library service for one day per week from Thursday 23 July. This will be an appointment-only service and numbers will be extremely limited. Please see here for further information: https://royalasiaticsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Reading-Room-Re-Opening-for-Website.pdf

Chinese Letter Hongs Project Now Live


A new project on the history of Chinese private letter hongs is now online at: https://letterhongs.com/ This website is devoted to the long history of letter exchange and letter writing by Chinese people, from the early nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century. The efficient operation of private letter hongs was noted by British observers in the nineteenth century including Sir George Thomas Staunton, Herbert A. Giles, and Sir Robert Hart, who founded the Great Qing Imperial Postal Service. Visit the site to see many original letters and learn more about this fascinating aspect of cultural history.

RAS Silk Road Summer School 2020

Register your interest now for the 2020 Course - for more details click the image below

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