Lectures & Events

Due to the ongoing government lockdown, all RAS Lectures have been suspended until further notice.

The 2019-20 Term Card can be downloaded as a pdf: Final Royal Asiatic Leaflet 2019-20

Click here to see the online calendar of events. Please note that all these events have been suspended until further notice.

The RAS lectures begin at 6.30pm. Please check the starting times for additional lectures and events. There is no charge for our regular lectures, and tickets are not normally required. Podcast recordings of most lectures can be found here.

RAS Beijing’s Upcoming Events​

“China’s Good War: How Memory of the World War II past is shaping a Nationalist Future” an RASBJ Zoom talk by Professor Rana Mitter followed by Q&A.

WHEN: September 2, 19:00-20:00 Beijing Standard Time.

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT:  Why does the history of World War II matter so much in China today? Memory of the Second World War has become intricately linked to reflection on the PRC’s present. China’s relations with the US and its Asian neighbours are shaped by a powerful factor: the changing meaning and memory of China’s wartime experience against Japan. Looking at a variety of frameworks ranging from diplomacy to literary nonfiction to social media to cinema, this talk, based on a new book CHINA’S GOOD WAR, argues that understanding China’s continuing reassessment of the war years is a key element of understanding the country’s contemporary actions at home and abroad.

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Rana Mitter OBE FBA is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford. He is the author of several books, including Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013: UK title, China’s War with Japan), which won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature and was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title and a Book of the Year in the Financial Times and Economist.

HOW MUCH: This event is free and exclusively for members of the RASBJ and of other RAS branches. If you know someone who wants to join RASBJ, please ask them to contact MembershipRASBJ on Wechat or email membership.ras.bj@gmail.com

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: Register at least 24 hours before the event by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdeGhqDgpGtOqBmdG7QO1ym-lJuFQ-BYk

Sept 2: Prof. Rana Mitter on “China’s good war: how WWII is shaping a new nationalism”
Sep 9: Mei Zhang, founder of WildChina on “Chinese travelers lead on the road to recovery”

RAS Korea Website and Lectures

Information about RAS Korea events is available via the RAS Korea website, or the RAS Korea Facebook page which contains information about current events.

If you missed RAS Korea’s previous lectures via Zoom, you can find and watch them via the links below.

Samsung Rising (by Geoffrey Cain)

Practicing Korean Traditional Archery (by In-Souk Cho)

Witnessing Gwangju (by Paul Courtright)

Hendrick Hamel, how I became interested and did the research on the crew who stayed 13 years in Korea in the 17th century. (by Henny Savenije)

Blistered Fingers and Bleeding Throats: The Aesthetics of Korean Traditional Music (by Jocelyn Clark)

Making Icons: The Rise of the K-pop Adjacent Industries (by CedarBough Saeji)

Jeju Island’s Haenyeo: A User’s Manual (by Joey Rositano)