New Beginnings: Historical Events in China & British Malaya in the mid-1800s following the Opium Wars

Ms. Chan Ling Yap will talk on the historical events in China and British Malaya that inspired her latest novel, New Beginnings. The novel is set in the mid-1800s, a period in which hundreds of thousands of Chinese fled China as the country reeled from the impact of the Opium Wars and from the corruption of the Qing Dynasty. While China fell, Britain’s empire expanded, spearheaded by the might of the East India Company. The expansion was to include the acquisition of Malaya, one of its most profitable colonies.

This lecture begins at 1.15pm. If you would like lunch beforehand, please inform the RSAA office 24h in advance.

5 March 2014

Where: The Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House



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Where: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD [Nearest Underground Stations Euston Square or Warren Street]

Lecture starts at 1.15pm and ends around 2.30pm. A sandwich lunch is available from 12.30pm and must be booked via the office by 2.30pm the day before.

Tickets: Free: Members and their guests only.

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