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EVENTS

Sun, Nov. 10: GREAT DYNASTY DEBATE: MING VERSUS QING
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE: NOV. 10 (NOT NOV. 12)

THE DYNASTY DEBATE.

WHAT: A debate between two teams of expert historians on the superiority of Ming or Qing dynasties
WHEN: Sunday November 10 from 19:30 to 21:00
WHERE: The Beijing Bookworm, Bld 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing tel: 6586 9507
HOW MUCH: RMB 60; free for members of RASBJ or Bookworm. Neither includes welcome drink.

Book a seat athttps://yoopay.cn/event/31186462.

ABOUT THE DYNASTY DEBATE
Come to  join a debate on the merits of the Ming and Qing dynasties, led by four learned and lively historians— for the Ming: Ian Johnson and Francesco Sisci; for the Qing: Jeremiah Jenne and Michael Aldrich. See their bios below.
The debaters will speak for 10 minutes each, alternately, leaving 40 minutes for QA and audience participation.
The audience will vote before the debate, and after.

DEBATOR BIOS:
Michael Aldrich is a retired lawyer who formerly practised law in Greater China and Mongolia with several international law firms.  He is the author of The Search for a Vanishing Beijing as well as other books and articles about the history and culture of Beijing, Chinese Muslims, Mongolia, and Tibet.  He has lived in East and Central Asia for three decades and currently resides in Taiwan.
Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and educator based in Beijing. He has taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese history for 13 years and is the founder and proprietor of Beijing by Foot, which organizes educational programs and heritage walks exploring Beijing’s past and present.
Ian Johnson is a Beijing-based writer, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China. His latest book is The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.
Francesco Sisci is a writer, based in China for some three decades, ex Italian diplomat, ex journalist, following China Vatican affairs for 20 years, currently senior researcher at Renmin University.

 


WATCH THIS SPACE

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 PM at the Beijing Nuo Hotel, 33 E. Changan Ave., is the Royal Asiatic Society Beijing ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. (And the AGM is followed by a gourmet dinner.  Details will be sent to all members in good standing.)

Meanwhile please note the CHANGE OF DATE  -- TO SUNDAY NOV. 10 (INSTEAD OF NOV. 12) for the Great Dynasty Debate, pitting two teams of learned (and wickedly funny) historians against each other to argue the merits of Ming versus Qing. Don't forget to register ahead of time -- entry tickets will go up in price for those who don't sign up in advance.  Sadly, this will be the last special event at the Bookworm, one of our closest partners, before its announced closure at the current Sanlitun location -- we hope to to be able to celebrate its re-incarnation very soon!

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 enquiries@rasbj.org to ask for it (after ensuring you're fully paid up).  Only members in good standing will have access to the Members' Section.   

Disclaimer

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Royal Asiatic Society China, Beijing members and their guests are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and clothing 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 China,  Beijing accepts no liability for any loss or damage, including personal injury or damage to property.

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