RAS History Club 8 February: Zheng He and the Cosmopolitan World of the Indian Ocean

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The Tavern
Shanghai, China
Saturday, Feb 8th (2 PM)
上海市长宁区兴国路78号兴国宾馆,近华山路
Raddison Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel
78 Xingguo Rd, near Huashan Rd

When Art Converges with Heritage Architecture

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Ren Space
133 Shang Wen Lu, House #10 (near Henan Nan Lu)
上海市黄浦区尚文路133弄10号
Sunday, Jan 19th (2 PM - 4 PM)
133 Shang Wen Lu, House #10 (near Henan Nan Lu)
上海市黄浦区尚文路133弄10号

RAS Salon 18 January: Lijia Zhang

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Punchline Café
Shanghai, China
Saturday, Jan 18th (2 PM)
Paramount Metropolis, 22F
1728 West Nanjing Road
南京西路1728号22楼

RAS Salon 14 January: Karoline Kan Presents Under Red Skies

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Wooden Box
Shanghai
Tuesday, Jan 14th (7 PM)
9 Qinghai Road
青海路9号

RAS Film Screening: Spring Fever

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Li Room at the Raddison Blu Xingguo
Shanghai, China
Wednesday, Jan 8th (7:15 PM)
上海市长宁区兴国路78号兴国宾馆(近华山路)
Raddison Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel
78 Xingguo Rd, near Huashan Rd
The Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) China is a volunteer run organisation that provides a forum for the development and expression of interests and expertise related to China and Asia- centric themes for the ex-patriate community residing here. Through its diverse lecture series, art and history focus groups, library facility and publications, it aims to enrich cultural life in Asia's most dynamic metropolis.

RAS China is a branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Royal Asiatic Society was founded in 1823 by Sanskrit scholar Henry Colebrooke and a group of likeminded individuals. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV in the same year 'for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia'.

In 1857, a small group of British and Americans seeking intellectual engagement in a city dedicated to commerce established the Shanghai Literary and Scientific Society. Within a year the organisation was granted affiliation with the Royal asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and the North China Branch of the RAS was born. The Society's intent was to investigate subjects connected with China and surrounding nations, to publish papers in a journal and to establish a library and a museum. The Society's journal, first published in 1858, had a 90 year print run. It ceased operating in 1952.

RAS China was revived in 2007 by a group of enthusiasts and continues to further its aim of expanding an understanding of Asia, and specifically Mainland China through its diverse range of events.