Dear Members and Friends of RAS Korea,

Here’s your quick overview of what is happening around RAS Korea this week.

1) RAS Christmas Book Sale (Nov. 7)
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020. 9:00AM~5:00PM
Venue: 1st Floor Conference Room, Korea Christian Building (where the RAS Korea office is located)
* Please be patient with temperature checks, sign-ins, and sanitizing on entering the building. Masks are required.

Great bargains await! Free books, W1,000, W2,000, W5,000 on selected back list. 50% off on other back list items.

2) RAS Korea Lecture (Oct. 27)
Title: Korea – The most haunted place on Earth 
Speaker: Robert Neff
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020. 7:30-9:00PM (Seoul)

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 890 2185 2230
Passcode: 628341
** Registration is not required.
** The lecture is free to RAS members of all Branches. Non-members are kindly asked to donate W10,000, or $10 via Paypal or bank transfer.
– Paypal, or
– Bank Transfer:
– Shinhan Bank (신한은행)
– Account # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

3) RAS Korea B&C Club Walking Tour (Oct. 27)
Life and Works of Russian Architect Afanasy Seredin-Sabatin
Venue: Deoksugung Palace’s Jungmyeongjeon
Date: Tuesday, October 27. 12:00PM-1:00PM
Leader: Jacco Zwetsloot & Jun YK Shin

4) RAS Online Korea Literature Club (Oct. 29)
Book Title: Eerie Tales from Old Korea (compiled by Brother Anthony)
Date: Thursday, October 29. 7:30PM
Leader: Yonjoo Hong & Brother Anthony

** Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 842 6943 8859
Passcode: 764763

5) The essay booklet of the 2020 Essay Contest for High School Students:  
We would like to share the essay booklet by the runners up at our first annual essay contest in the spring of 2020. The essay by the first place winner was published in the Transactions volume 94. We honor the other entrants with this booklet that includes their fine essays.

6) RAS Korea Book Note:
‘North of the River’ By Mark B. Higginson Published in 2001 by
Available from Amazon

The book presents a look at life in the DMZ, during the “Second Korean War”, which was a series of low level clashes in the Demilitarized Zone. Mark Higginson knows that time well, having served as a Field Artillery Officer in the DMZ in 1969. The novel North of the River is a semi-autobiographical account of Mark Higginson’s thirteen month tour. The novel provides a fascinating view of life at the DMZ and the dangers that US forces faced during the “Second Korean War”.
Between 1966 and 1969 there was a series of low-level armed clashes between North Korean forces and the forces of South Korea and the United States. Some people even refer to that time as the Second Korean War.  Mark Higginson knows that time well, having served as a Field Artillery Officer in the DMZ in 1969. The novel North of the River is a semi-autobiographical account of what life was like for soldiers in the DMZ during that time.  The novel provides a fascinating view of life at the DMZ and the dangers that US forces faced during the “Second Korean War”.

7) RAS Korea’s YouTube channel – Online Lecture Video Archive
If you missed any online lectures, you can find and watch them here.
Please click ‘Subscribe’ and ‘Like’ buttons at the RAS Korea’s Youtube channel.

8) Korea Research Centre of Western Australias Seminar Series (Oct. 27)
 South Korea’s Webtooniverse and the Digital Comic Revolution by Brian Yecies
Date: Tuesday, October 27. 4:00PM (Perth) / 5:00PM (Seoul)
** Zoom link:
Password: 363308

9) The Korea Society Live Webcast (Oct. 29)
Topic: Korean-American Directors: A Roundtable with Andrew Ahn, So Yong Kim, Lee Isaac Chung.
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020. 6:00PM (New York) / Friday, October 30. 7:00AM (Seoul)
Registration by clicking here

10) GW Institute for Korean Studies – The Soh Jaipil Lecture Series (Oct. 30)
Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style in 1950s Korean Cinema, by Christina Klein
Date: Friday, October 30, 2020. 2:00-3:30PM / Saturday, October 31. 3:00-4:30AM (KST)
Registration by clicking here

11) KF Gallery Exhibition – ‘Gabriele Basilico, Photographs of Italy’ 
Co-hosted by the Korea Foundation, the Embassy of Italy in Korea, and the Ityalian Cultural Institute in Seoul, the exhibition is on display at the KF Gallery in Seoul from October 20 to December 2, showing 55 photographs of Italian cities, taken between 1978 and 2010 by Milan-born Italian master photographer Bariele Basilico (1944-2013).

Very best wishes.
Stay safe and healthy.