RAS Korea: Extra News
Dear members and friends,
We are going to organize a special visit to Japan (Osaka & Nara) in late August (Saturday 24 - Monday 26 August), led by Professor Robert Fouser, who lived in Kyoto for many years. There are just 16 places available on the flight, they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve your place, please send an email as soon as possible to the RAS office. As you will see from the description in our home page, our travel agent is still searching for the best accommodation, so that the exact cost is not yet available. It will soon be settled. This will be an intensive culture- and history-centered visit, related to the early Korean influences on this part of Japan. We will visit sites in Nara and Osaka that reflect the early influence of Korea's Three Kingdoms period culture on Japan during the Asuka (538-710) and Nara (710-794) periods. This excursion comes at the end of the vacation period, just before university courses resume, I hope that many of you will want to join it.
On this coming Tuesday, June 18, at 7:30pm, the Czech Ambassador, Jaroslav Olša, jr. is giving us a special lecture on a fascinating but almost unknown figure, the Korean historian Han Hŭng-su, who lived and worked in Austria, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia for some 12 years in the 1930s and 40s before returning to North Korea after Liberation.
There will also be a lecture on Tuesday June 25 at 7:30pm, by Professor Wayne Patterson, about eraly Korean immigration to Hawai'i.
Our RAS Birthday Book Sale will run for another week. Members will receive a 20% discount, non-members a 10% discount, on the 600 books listed in our new online Book Store (please order by email to our office). There are some really rare books in stock. I would encourage those who have time to visit our office and browse the shelves.
I hope that you all enjoy a relaxing summer.
President, RAS Korea