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EVENTS

June 3: "The Pagoda Project" by Isaac Duffy, an RASBJ Zoom talk

WHAT: "The Pagoda Project" by Isaac Duffy, an RASBJ online talk followed by QA

WHEN: June 3, 2020 19:00-20:00 Beijing Standard Time

WHERE: Online via Zoom

HOW MUCH: Free exclusively for RASBJ members and invitees. If someone you know wants to join RASBJ, ask them to Wechat MembershipRASBJ or go to www.rasbj.org

HOW TO BECOME AN RASBJ MEMBER:

   If you’d like to become an RASBJ member (or, for PRC passport holders, to become an Associate) please Wechat MembershipRASBJ and send your name, nationality, mobile number and email address plus the annual subscription amount (or, for Associates, the suggestion donation) of RMB 300 for those resident in China, RMB 200 for those resident overseas and RMB 100 for students.  If you join RASBJ by June 1, you’ll receive login details for this event.

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: The pagoda forms an integral component of China's incredibly rich architectural heritage. Scattered all across the country in many different forms, shapes, and sizes, these evocative structures have a history stretching back 2,500 years. But what actually is a pagoda? And how many of them are left? The answers might surprise you. Isaac Duffy will introduce Chinese pagodas with a brief history and explain his team's ongoing efforts to create the world's first online pagoda museum and archive. The team plans to visit, document, and photograph every historic pagoda in China -- and is giving RASBJ an exclusive sneak preview into "The Pagoda Project" before its upcoming public launch.

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Isaac Duffy is an amateur art historian whose interest lies in heritage protection and conservation. He previously spent a year working in the Western Himalayas on the Matho Monastery Museum Project: helping restore and preserve a 600-year old Buddhist Monastery's art collection and build an onsite museum. He has now lived in Beijing for two years, during which he has become particularly interested in traditional Chinese architecture.

Dear Friends: Our members-only Zoom talks are a huge success! Join RASBJ to hear speakers such as Robert Bickers, Peter Frankopan, Ezra Vogel and Rana Mitter.  Due to expected internet disruptions during China's parliament session, some speakers/organizers requested their talks be re-scheduled. Here's our updated lineup (all on Zoom except Wild Wall):

    1) June 3:  Isaac Duffy on "The Pagoda Project"

    2) June 10: Ezra Vogel on Sino-Japanese Relations

    3) June 17: Guiseppe Cuccia on "Turandot and Western Opera in China"

    4) June 19-21: Wild Wall Midsummer's Weekend led by William Lindesay -- IN-PERSON

    5) June 24:  Michael Humphries on "Contagion, China and how COVID will End"

    6) in July: Author Dexter Roberts on "The Myth of Chinese Capitalism"

    7) in September: Rana Mitter

Thanks to all for your support!

 
 
 

 


JUN 19-21: "WILD WALL: LONGEST WEEKEND" led by William Lindesay OBE, an RASBJ in-person excursion

RASBJ Members are invited to a special ‘Wild Wall: The Longest Weekend’ scheduled for Midsummer with award-winning adventurer, scholar and conservationist William Lindesay OBE, who ran the length of the Wall in 1987 and has authored five books about this magnificent monument. 

Leaving Beijing at 16:00 on Friday June 19 and returning to the city Sunday June 21 by 14:30, you'll experience the magnificence of the Wall - and be inspired by stories drawn from William's extensive personal experiences while being hosted by the Lindesay team of Wall-nuts, including William’s wife, Qi, their sons Jim and Tommy, and their labrador Hadrian. William and his lads will lead us on two dawn walks (between 9 and 11 km each), plus an optional Saturday afternoon walk in the woods, and discuss the Wall from diverse perspectives, from defence and architecture to geography and conservation. 

For two nights we'll be accommodated in the Barracks, the Lindesays’ rural courtyard residence, with views of the Wall-tipped ridge in the south and a 1600-metre high peak to the north. Before and after dinner guests can enjoy the screening of William’s various documentaries, including a drone journey along the Wall and a Nat Geo Channel presentation. 

There is a maximum of 12 spaces, so book early!

WHAT: ‘Wild Wall’ weekend excursion, led by William Lindesay exclusively for RASBJ
WHEN: Depart Beijing June 19, Friday at 16:00, returning Sunday, June 21 by 14:30
WHERE: Pick-up at Hilton Hotel, N. Third Ring Road (tel: 5865 5000, 400m north of Lufthansa Centre)
HOW MUCH: RMB 2900 (or $400 USD) per member - a huge discount on the usual price of ¥4426/$625 USD!
FEE INCLUDES:
- All transport (including transit from and back to Beijing);
- Guiding and talks;
- Rustic accommodation (Shared rooms: double-or triple-occupancy, shared bathroom. No single rooms available);
- All food and drinks (very cold beer and a very drinkable Chinese red), from hearty British-style breakfasts to home slow-cooked Chinese meals.

SAFETY TIPS: This weekend will involve rough walking and climbing. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.

RSVPNo later than June 5 to “MembershipRASBJ” on WeChat, quoting ‘Wild Wall 2020’. Please send your name, mobile phone number, number of attendees, and number of rooms you require; each room sleeps up to three. If you know another member you would like to share a room with please also mention this.

PAYMENT: If you secure a place, you will receive a notice with instructions for payment, which should be made within 48 hours of receiving that notice. If you cancel before June 9 and are replaced by another paying guest, you will receive a full cash refund from the Lindesays. If the excursion has to be postponed, the Lindesays will hold your payment as credit for the postponed event, as is usual practice for Lindesay tours of the Wild Wall.

MEMBERS-ONLY: This event is for RASBJ members only. If you wish to attend but are not a member, or if your membership has expired, why not join/renew for only RMB 300 until October 2021. Just let us know when you RSVP that you wish to join/renew.

LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: By joining this event, you accept and agree that you do so entirely at your own risk, and without recourse to RASBJ, as set out in the Liability Disclaimer on the homepage of www.rasbj.org.


WATCH THIS SPACE

RASBJ is resuming in-person events, alongside its fabulous Zoom talks, kicking off with a "Wild Wall: Longest Weekend" Midsummer excursion led by William Lindesay, OBE JUne 19-21. Spaces are limited for logistic and public health reasons so RSVP soon!  Those who join please note RASBJ's liability disclaimer: "RASBJ members are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and attire when attending events or excursions, and to adhere to any safety instructions or other codes of conduct. Please also bear in mind the physical requirements of participating in the Wild Wall excursion. Participation in events and excursions is at your own risk: the RASBJ accepts no liability for any loss or damage, including personal injury or damage to property."
 
    RASBJ's hugely successful Zoom series has featured 13 talks since Mar 9, from author Paul French on "Murders of Old China" to Robert Bickers on the Swire story to Peter Frankopan's ("The Silk Roads") seminar "Why Study History?"
      Please note: due to expected internet disruptions during China's  parliament session, some speakers rescheduled their talks. Here's the updated Zoom lineup: 
    -- June 3: Isaac Duffy's "Pagoda Project"
    -- June 10: Prof. Ezra Vogel on Sino-Japanese Relations
    -- June 17: Guiseppe Cuccia on "Turandot and Western Opera in China"
    -- June 19-21: Wild Wall Weekend with William Lindesay IN PERSON (not online)
    -- June 24:  Michael Humphries on "Contagion, China and how COVID will End"
    -- in July: Author Dexter Roberts on "The Myth of Chinese Capitalism"
    -- in September: Rana Mitter
     
     RASBJ members enjoy free access to online events and their youTube recordings (note: a recording of the May 13 talk will not be available) plus the RAS China journal -- and  discounted entry to in-person RASBJ events once they resume. If you'd like to become an RASBJ member, please Wechat MembershipRASBJ .
 

NEWS FOR MEMBERS: To enter the Members' Section on the website, go to the lower lefthand corner of the homepage, find "members login" and enter the password.  If you believe you're an RASBJ member but haven't been given the password, please email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com to ask for it (after ensuring you're fully paid up).   

Disclaimer

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Royal Asiatic Society Beijing members and their guests are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and attire when attending events or excursions, and to adhere to any safety instructions or other codes of conduct. Please also bear in mind the physical requirements of participating in the event or trip. Participation in events and excursions is at your own risk: the Royal Asiatic Society Beijing accepts no liability for any loss or damage, including personal injury or damage to property.

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