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Aug 12, Wed: Prof. Jing Tsu on Chinese science fiction, an RASBJ Zoom talk

WHAT: “Chinese Science Fiction: what does it tell us about contemporary culture, science and technology in China?”  an RASBJ Zoom talk by Prof. Jing Tsu followed by Q&A

WHEN: August 12, 21:00-22:00 Beijing Standard Time.

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Chinese science fiction has become a global phenomenon in recent years.  What features of it are "Chinese"? What does "science fiction" give as glimpses into the development of science, technology, and culture in contemporary China?

For a deeper understanding of Chinese science fiction, see Jing Tsu’s  Financial Times article https://on.ft.com/3ad75XX and a panel discussion organized by the Yale Center Beijing in which she took part https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAovbNEjeLQ

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Prof. Jing Tsu is John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures & Comparative Literature and Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale.  Her upcoming book, Kingdom of Characters: China's Language Wars and Global Power will appear with Riverhead at Penguin Random House in 2021.

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:  If you wish to become an RASBJ member in order to attend this talk, please join RASBJ at least  two days before the talk so that you can be sure to receive the event notice with the advance registration link.  After advance registration, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a login link and passcode; use them to log in 10 minutes before the talk.


August 19:  Discussion with Director Bill Einreinhofer about his documentary film Shanghai 1937 (viewing details to follow)

August 26:  Bizarre Beijing’s Jim Nobles on the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival

August 28-30: Wild Wall Weekend, led by William Lindesay (this in-person event is fully subscribed)

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” (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE)




 THE TALK OF THE TOWN: RASBJ has held 23 hugely successful Zoom talks since Mar 9 -- from top East Asian scholar Ezra Vogel discusssing China-Japan relations and Peter Frankopan's seminar "Why Study History?" to Frances Wood on "Mahjong in Maida Vale" and Paul French on "Murders of Old China". Don't miss our upcoming events on Zoom!     
   -- Aug. 12: Prof. Jing Tsu on Chinese science fiction
   -- Aug. 19: Director Bill Einreinhofer on his documentary film Shanghai 1937 
   -- Aug 26: Bizarre Beijing's Jim Nobles on the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival
    -- Sept. 2: Prof. Rana Mitter "China's Good War: How WWII is Shaping a New Nationalism"
    -- Sept 9: Travel company WildChina's founder Mei Zhang about "Chinese travelers lead on the road to recovery" (note the new date for this talk)
       RASBJ members enjoy free access to online events and their youTube recordings (note: at the speaker's request a recording of the May 13 talk is not available) plus the RAS China journal -- and priority booking or discounted entry to in-person RASBJ events. 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).   



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