RASKB Activities for September

Dear Members and Friends of the RASKB

I hope that you have spent a restful summer. The heat in Korea has been challenging and now we are expecting a major typhoon. Perhaps after that we will feel that autumn is coming, the most beautiful season in Korea. I am writing to send you the list of our planned lectures and other activities for September and October. Full details for each of these and a tentative list of planned excursions through to the end of the year are available in our home page. I feel very glad that we have such a varied set of interesting topics lined up for you all to enjoy.

Please tell me or one of our Council members if you have suggestions for other activities, interesting potential speakers, or attractive destinations for excursions. I hope you will introduce the RASKB to friends and colleagues who have recently arrived in Korea and do not so far know about us. We are always happy to welcome new members, Korean and non-Korean, anyone fascinated by Korea past and present and eager to learn more.

In Korea, the autumn is traditionally a favored time for reading. If anyone is interested in reading books about Korea written by early travelers, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, I have included in my own home page a long list of such books which are freely available through the Internet, usually in PDF and other useful formats. Or you might like to buy one of the many books available from the RASKB. In the coming weeks we are hoping to make our office a more attractive place to visit and buy books, I will tell you more soon.

Our home page includes the RAS-KB Blog, which urgently needs more people reading it and writing for it. Take a look!

I hope you all know that the RAS-KB / Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is present on Facebook in a variety of ways. Explore them!

Please note that our first September lecture will be on a Wednesday instead of the usual Tuesday, Wednesday September 12 at 7:30 pm.

With all my best wishes for the coming time.

Brother Anthony
President, RASKB


Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:30pm

Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Sound Recordings of Korean Music    

Dr. Robert Provine

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 7:30pm

The Decision on War in Korea: Revelations from the Russian Archives

Dr. Kathryn Weathersby.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:30pm

Korea’s Responses to AIDS

Sister Miriam Cousins.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7:30pm

Categorizing Migrants: the Making of Multicultural Society in South Korea

Daisy Y. Kim.


Cheong-Pyeong Boat Excursion

Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 8:30am to 7:30pm

Leader: Sue Bae

Land of Tea and Exile: South Jeolla Province

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 8:00am to Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 8:00pm

Leader: Brother Anthony

Discovering Gongju and Its Neighborhood: Baekche History and Culture

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Leaders: Tobias Lehmann and Jo Gi-Ho

Visit to Suwon-Hwaryeongjeon, Haeng-Gung and Hwaseong Fortress

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Leader: Mr. Peter Bartholomew
Seochon: Wandering Seoul's Last "Untouched" Neighborhood

Saturday, September 29, 2012: 1:30-4:30

Leader: Dr. Robert J. Fouser

Andong & Hahoe Village,

Saturday-Sunday, October 6-7

Leader: Jennifer Flinn

Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong: An Architectural Walk

Saturday, October 6, 2012: 13:00-16:30

Leader: Dr. Robert J. Fouser

King Sejong and Hangeul walk in central Seoul

Saturday, October 13

Leader: Robert Fouser

Gangneung (Kangnŭng), Province of Gangwon-Do (Kangwŏn-Do)

Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 2012

Leader: Mr. Peter Bartholomew

Old Incheon: A Walk through Korean History since 1876

Saturday, October 27, 2012: 13:30-18:00

Leader: Dr. Robert J. Fouser

RAS Reading Club

To learn about Korea and develop cultural literacy through reading
works of Korean literature (in English translation). The next meeting
will be held on Monday September 10 at 7 pm in the Inje
University building, discussing “Mother’s Hitching Post” by Park
Wan-so.  (See map in “Library” in our home page).

Contact: Bob Fouser   kagoshimabob@gmail.com

RAS Photo Special Interest Group

We are organizing a monthly photography special interest group, the RAS
Photo SIG, to help people improve their photographic skills. Meetings
are usually held once a month in the Inje University building (See map
in “Library” in our home page). The first meeting after the summer will
take place on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00pm..

Contact: Tom Coyner    tom@softlandingkorea.com

National Museum of Korea: RASKB lecture-visit

We are offering a monthly in-depth tour of one portion of the National
Museum of Korea with an English-speaking member of their staff. The next
such visit, focussing on Buddhist sculpture, will be held on Wednesday 19 September,
starting at 7:00 pm. There is no charge; it is open to RASKB members
only. Those wishing to attend should send an email with the subject
“National Museum Tour” to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com. The visit is
limited to 20 people, on a first come first served basis.

For full details of all upcoming events see the RAS web page http://www.raskb.com/

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