THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR ASIAN AFFAIRS
Formerly the Central Asian Society, the RSAA was founded in 1901 to promote understanding of Asia.
Golden Buddha in West Bengal
The RSAA prides itself on having one of the best lecture programmes in London. Members can attend in person, or watch past lectures online.
The Sun Temple at Martand
The RSAA's well-respected journal is published three times a year. Members receive hard copies and can also access articles online.
Tiles from the Ulug Beg Madrassa in Samarkand
TOURS AND EXPEDITIONS
Exploration is at the heart of the RSAA. We organise regular, members-only tours to all corners of Asia, including remote destinations.
Nubra Valley, Ladakh
LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
The RSAA conserves a library of several thousand books, and also a significant archive of photographs, slides, maps and personal papers.
The Kalyan Minaret in Bukhara
The RSAA is registered as Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1179300.
Dard Children in the Suru Valley, Kargil
Asian Affairs Blog
The official blog of the RSAA and the Asian Affairs journal
Short articles, accounts and commentary of interest to RSAA members
Golden Buddha in West Bengal
Expert Video Interviews
Dr Noel Brehony and Rosie Llewellyn-Jones: Video Interviews
Some of the Society's lectures are published as articles in the Asian Affairs Journal
INTRODUCTION TO THE RSAA
The RSAA is a lively, London-based society with members around the world. We seek to promote understanding and appreciation of Asia through lectures, social events and publications.Find out more >
BECOME AN RSAA MEMBERFind out more >
RSAA 2019 TOUR: CROSSING THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD: CHINA AND CENTRAL ASIAFind out more >
Photography & Slides
Our photographic collection contains images from the late 19th century to the present.Find out more >
Our map collection includes hand-drawn and printed maps covering all parts of Asia.Find out more >
We conserve the personal papers of historical figures, as well as paintings and sketches.Find out more >
Chance to see rare early photos of China: https://t.co/8vub538era03 November 15
Return to Kurdistan: revisiting the history and cultural identity of Iraqi Kurdistan and northern Iraq
Where: 3.00pm. Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1
Teatime event with refreshments afterwards
Tickets: FreeFind out more > Show me all upcoming events
LATEST NEWS Show me all news
11 September 2019
On 9 September 2019 the RSAA Board adopted the Society's first formal Archives Policy.Read full story >
17 June 2019
The Festival of Norfolk & Punjab is a countywide celebration of the life and achievements of the Duleep Singh familyRead full story >
20 November 2018
7 January 2019 - A conference of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and the Wilson Center at King's College LondonRead full story >
8 October 2018
RASHKB Event: Betty Yao will talk about the wonderful collection of 19th century photographs taken by John Thomson in China and Siam.Read full story >