RASKB October Program

Dear members and friends of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch

I hope you spent a happy Chuseok weekend? I was very glad to hear that nearly 40 of you attended Bob Fouser's guided walk through his beloved Seochon on Saturday. Next weekend's excursion to Andong has also proved to be very popular. Spending a night in a 'real' Korean house in rural Hahoe Village is in itself a special experience, and the entire program promises to be most rewarding. A large number attended the September lectures by Robert Provine and Kathryn Weathersby, it is a great encouragement to feel that you enjoy the lectures we provide.

In Korea there is a tradition that says the autumn is the best time for reading books. As you know, the RASKB has a considerable number of books for sale and we will soon be announcing a special autumn book sale to encourage you to build up a library of books about Korea.

We have begun work to redecorate and redesign our office, hoping that it will become a place you will enjoy visiting.

Please feel free to write to us with suggestions for our next year's activities, we hope to offer excursions to Japan, Mongolia and North-eastern China (including Baedu-san), and sometimes we will try to use trains to get away from Seoul for some of our trips in order to avoid the Saturday-morning gridlock.

I look forward to greeting many of you at one or other of the events listed below. The autumn is Korea's most beautiful season, I hope you will enjoy it to the full with us.

Brother Anthony
President, RASKB

Lectures (in the Residents' Lounge of Somerset Palace)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:30pm

Korea’s Responses to AIDS

Sister Miriam Cousins.

Sister Miriam will survey the situation regarding HIV/AIDS in Korea, both among Korean people and among foreigners. She has played a leading role in developing new forms of Christian ministry for PLWHA (people living with HIV/AIDS) and she will speak of her work in establishing shelters for people who have lost their jobs and been rejected by their families and communities because they have HIV/AIDS.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7:30pm

Categorizing Migrants: the Making of Multicultural Society in South Korea

Daisy Y. Kim.

The Korean state and society have employed the language of multiculturalism to incorporate certain groups of migrants (migrant spouses), while excluding others (migrant workers) through deliberately constructed images and portrayals of migrants in the mass media as well as through politico-ideological apparatuses. By seeing how public and
private actors and institutions incorporate migrants in broader Korean society, this lecture explores ways of categorizing and labeling migrants and the consequences in the making of a multicultural society.

NB  In November, lectures will be held on Tuesday, November 20 and November 27


Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong: An Architectural Walk

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

Leader: Dr. Robert J. Fouser

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

Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 2012

Leader: Mr. Peter Bartholomew

Discovering Hangeul and King Sejong in the Center of Seoul

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Leader: Bob Fouser

Discovering Seoul’s Street Food

Wednesday, October 17

Leader: Jennifer Flinn

Seoraksan and Waterpia

Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21

Leader: Sue Bae

Fortress Wall of Bugaksan Hike

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:00 noon

Leader: Ms. Won-Na Cha

Old Incheon: A Walk through Korean History since 1876

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

Leader: Dr. Robert J. Fouser

Jiri-san and Namwon: A Journey into Korea's Scenic South Jeolla Province

Saturday, November 3 - Sunday, November 4, 2012

Leader: David Mason

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