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Tuesday 18thMay – Online Lecture by Jonathan Clements on ‘The Emperor’s Feast: A History of China in Twelve Meals’
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Sunday 19th September: Hong Kong Polo Event
Friday 1st October: Hong Kong Society Golf Day
Thursday 18th November: Hong Kong Society’s 50th plus 1 Anniversary Celebration Dinner
DATE TBC starting at 2.30pm – Private Viewing of the Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art at the British Museum curated by Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia and renowned Chinese Art specialist. £25 for HK Society Members, £35 for non-members, complimentary coffee/ tea break to socialise and chat to Colin (we are waiting for confirmation on numbers permitted at any one time to release tickets.)
TUESDAY 18th MAY – HK Society lecture by Jonathan Clements on ‘The Emperor’s Feast: A History of China in Twelve Meals’
Time: 6.30pm UK Time
Mode: Online (link to be sent to all participants nearer the date)
Cost: Free for HK Society members / £10 Non-Members
Jonathan has presented three seasons of Route Awakening (National Geographic), an award-winning TV series about icons of Chinese culture. From 2013-2019, he was a visiting professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, including his history of the Silk Road, and his biographies of Empress Wu, Wellington Koo and the First Emperor.
You can read about some of his China exploits at his website.
Jonathan’s book tracks the diverse history of China through its food and drink, from the sacrificial cauldrons of the Bronze Age, to the contending styles of a modern Chinatown. He outlines how changes in politics, technology and ingredients have altered “Chinese” food over the centuries, as the nation copes with new peoples, crops and climate conditions.
Jonathan focuses on the personalities connected to Chinese food – the drunken priest-kings of the Shang dynasty; the Tang noblewomen experimenting with tea and lychees; the stand-off between Mongols and Muslims over halal meat. But he also follows the impact of Chinese food out of its homeland and around the world, as migrant communities cater to local tastes and encounter new challenges. “Chinese” food is different, yet again, depending on if you eat it in small-town Canada, a Mumbai mall, or a Singapore street market.
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EVENTS TO BE RE-ARRANGED:
The Colour of the Sky After Rain
A Lunchtime Talk by Lady Keswick – Wednesday 29th April 2020 – POSTPONED
Venue: Central London location
Time: 12.45 for 1.00pm
Cost: £45 members / £55 non-members price includes 2 course lunch with wine
We are delighted that the Honourable Lady Keswick has agreed to do a Lunchtime Talk for the Hong Kong Society when she will talk about her new book The Colour of the Sky After Rain.
Lady Keswick first travelled to China in 1982 and immediately fell in love with its history, culture and landscape.
Over the next thirty years, she travelled extensively in China, visiting its temples and landmarks, the sites of its most famous battles, and the birthplaces of its best-known poets and philosophers. She also witnessed China’s transformation, as hundreds of millions were lifted out of poverty and the country emerged as an economic superpower in waiting.
Her observations of life in China are perceptive and full of insight. Her narrative is rich in microhistories of people encountered and places visited. By presenting a colourfully woven tapestry of contrasting experiences and localities, she allows the reader to glimpse the sheer diversity of China and its vast population.
A multi-textured and revealing survey of the world’s most populous country, as seen through one woman’s eyes, The Colour of the Sky After Rain offers a compelling portrait of China in an age of radical change, and charts the key staging posts in its recent, remarkable history.
Lady Keswick is Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. In September 2013, she was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc. Between 1989 and 1995 she worked as a policy adviser at the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Science, the Home Office and HM Treasury. Between 1995 and 2004 she was the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, which is the think-tank that was founded by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph. She held this post until 2004, thereafter remaining as Deputy Chairman until April 2017.
“Creating the Hong Kong Sevens” – Talk by John D’Eathe – Thursday 21st May 2020 – POSTPONED
Venue: Central London location
Time: 6.30pm Cash bar, 7.00pm Lecture, 8.00pm Supper
Costs: Lecture only: £10 (members) / £15 (non-members)
Lecture and 2 course Supper: £45 (members) / £55 (non-members)
We are delighted that author and former Hong Kong resident John D’Eathe has agreed to do the first Hong Kong Society Lecture on Rugby, intended to be a general rugby get together but specifically relating to the founding of the world-famous Hong Kong Sevens.
Now considered as the premier tournament in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the Hong Kong Sevens is credited with having started the transformation of the game from an elitist sport into the brilliant fast-paced all inclusive game of today.
It didn’t just happen. Rugby Sevens of course had its roots in Scotland but developed its inclusive nature in Asia during the controversial life of South African Tokkie Smith. In the process he was caught up in the turbulent forefront of the game’s move from white domination and also into the clutches of big money. His controversial life brought him personal tragedy but it also gave the world ‘sunshine rugby’.
John D’Eathe is a product of the golden years of amateur rugby. He reached Hong Kong in 1958 and met Tokkie the following year, joined him to play regularly for the Hong Kong Football Club, a few games for Hong Kong, and even earning a Blarney Stone Sevens mug, until concussion sidelined him as Rugby Union honorary secretary.
He moved to Vancouver but continued his friendships in the rugby world. These subsequently proved invaluable in researching the book and revealing the great impact his friend Tokkie had upon world rugby, which he considers is not adequately recognized.
A cash bar will be available from 6:30 PM and for a while after the lecture. A two course supper with John D’Eathe and society members will be organized in a private room after the lecture finishes no later than 9:30 PM. Please let us know if you would like to join us.
The book, “Tokkie Smith and the Colour of Rugby. Creating the Hong Kong Sevens” is available on Amazon Kindle.
Hong Kong Society Golf Day – Friday 1st October 2021
Venue: Liphook Golf Club, Wheatsheaf Enclosure, Liphook GU30 7EH
Time: 8.00 for 9.00am start
Cost: £120 HK Society members / £130 non-members (Special price if you are a member of Liphook Golf Club – please tell us if you are)
The HK Society’s first Golf Tournament in 2019 was such a success that it’s back by popular demand. This will be held on 2nd October. Although quite far ahead, bookings are being taken now.
The format will be 3 ball. The current plan is to have at least 20 participants. The price will include coffee and breakfast bap on arrival, 18 holes competition and a two course lunch.
The Society’s Chairman, Nigel Johnson-Hill will organise and lead the day at this well-known club where he is a member.
There will be prizes for Longest Drive and Nearest Pin and suitable prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the competition.
The Club’s website is www.liphookgolfclub.com
Event Bookings and Cancellation Policy
To make sure your bookings are definite, your payment must reach us 1 week before the event unless special arrangement is made.
A full refund will only be issued if a notice of cancellation is received at least 72 hours prior to the event (excluding weekends and bank holidays).