|Title: STUDY GROUP autumn 2021|
After the success of the 2021 Spring Study Group we have chosen again to embark upon a study of an entire country and in this instance, Russia. It is a vast subject but one which can satisfy the interests of so many with its long history, culture, personalities, cuisine and life styles stretching from Europe to Asia. We will probably start in late October/early November so there is plenty of time to research your chosen topic! Hopefully we will be holding face to face sessions at Conet in Central . Already we have “expressions of interest” in a number of subjects including the Trans Siberian Railway, Carl Fabergé, Caviar and Borscht, the Decembrist Exiles, the State Hermitage Museum and Moscow’s train stations.
One of the benefits of Study Group has always been the pleasurable aspect of meeting together. However we are considering opening up SG to Friends who no longer live in Hong Kong but would like to join us with their own presentation via Zoom. There are some practical problems but we hope we can overcome them so that our group can be extended in this way to former group members within “friendly” time zones.
If you are interested in joining us later in the year please let Patrick Moss know at email@example.com. You will be most welcome.
|Title:STUDY GROUP SPRING 2021|
STUDY GROUP SPRING 2021
We have chosen MACAU as our topic for the 2021 Spring Study Group which we hope to start in mid-February. As a “taster” of what is in store for members of the group, we list below the subjects on which members have chosen to make a presentation. In no particular order they are:
Macanese People, the Bela Vista, the Life and Times of George Smirnoff, the Jesuits and the Mater Dei, George Chinnery, Macau in the Republican Era, Macau’s Foreign Trade in the Ming, Stanley Ho and the Shaping of the City, World artists of Macau and The Cuisine of Macau.
There is still time to join us and enjoy what we believe will be an informative and enjoyable chance to listen and learn with an enthusiastic band of amateurs. The topic is wide so that there are many choices for you make a presentation on anything connected with Macau.
If you are interested to learn more including attending as an observer, please contact Patrick Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Title:STUDY GROUP AUTUMN 2020|
STUDY GROUP 2020
We had planned to discuss the topic “China’s Republican Era 1911 to 1949” in April but Covid-19 frustrated our plans for what would have been the last Chinese again in November. For four weeks loyal members and new recruits spent Tuesday mornings at Conet in Central listening to each other and learning. It was well worth the wait!
We were treated to a succession of informative and revealing presentations and have all ended up wiser for the experience. We began with the life story of John Rabe, a German national, who risked his life, health and reputation to save countless thousands of the poorest citizens in Nanking fleeing from the Japanese army. Another account was given of Sapajou whose bitingly accurate cartoons during the occupation of Shanghai showed at first hand the horrors of war against a civilian population.
Yuen Shi Kai was the man who successfully negotiated the abdication of Pu Yi and peacefully ended thousands of years of imperial rule. After he was appointed Provisional President of the Republic it all went to his head and he tried to restore the monarchy with himself as Emperor but stepped down after only 83 days.
The writer as the only male member of the group had some minor reservations about Women’s Emancipation in China but it proved to be a fascinating topic and detailed the struggle for equality for women in a society that had treated them as subservient for thousands of years. Some of those who were prominent in the struggle were described in Women on the Long March in which the wives and companions of those on the Long March began to challenge the superior role of males in the early days of the Republic. Closely associated with the declaration of the Republic and twice as a seat of government Life in the City of Wuhan made us realise what a major city it was and the role it played in the early struggles leading to the 1911 declaration and thereafter.
On a lighter note we were treated to a presentation Music for the Party and for Parties which traced the development of both patriotic music including The March of the Volunteers and contemporary jazz and light music in an era when there was no shortage of musical talent. Finally we were privileged to learn of the life and achievements of Art Lym, from a close descendant. Art Lym is seen by many as the founder of the Chinese Airforce and we were able to learn more about him from an extensive selection of family archives.
For more details including an arrangement for a small number of potential presenters to join the group as “observers” or for more than one member to team up with another to do a joint presentation please contact Patrick Moss at email@example.com.
Please contact Patrick Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or know of someone who might be.
|Title:Study Group Autumn 2019|
The theme chosen for the Autumn Study Group is “The Artistry of Folk Tales, Legends and Myths”.
During previous years of the Study Group which incidentally has been in existence since the 1990s, we have been privileged to learn more about many of the historic and artistic wonders of our world and particularly those in Asia. We have seen the extraordinary shapes, designs, effigies, carvings and paintings which embellish many architectural sites and are sometimes repeated into the present day. We have been intrigued by the stories behind these eye catching decorations. The temple figures, carvings in wood and stone, the wall paintings, the monuments and other decorations which grace so many iconic sites all tell a tale and it is these explanations of the stories behind them that we shall be seeking to elucidate.
Subject to arrangements to be confirmed, we will be meeting at Conet in Queen’s Road Central on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm starting in late September/early October. Details will be announced in due course.
We are a very uncritical and friendly group meeting in a relaxed environment. We all enjoy doing some research and passing on what we have learnt to fellow members about a topic which has interested each of us. If you would like to join us please contact Patrick Moss at email@example.com who will be happy to give you any further information about the Study Group.
|Title:VISIT TO THE ANTIQUE MAP COLLECTION AT THE LEE SHAU KEE LIBRARY, HKUST.|
Date: 21 February 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 10:15 am to 3:15 pm
Venue: Lee Shau Kee Library, HKUST.
Fees: HK$200 for members, $300 for non Members and $100 for YF.
Transport: Coach from Central Post Office to HKUST, Sai Kung and return.
Contact: Patrick Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lee Shau Kee Library at HKUST holds an impressive collection of Western maps, atlases and pictures of China and Asia drawn in the 16th to 19th Centuries.
These show not only how the knowledge of China by Western cartographers advanced with the growing trade and cultural exchanges between Europe and China but also how the maps themselves showed an increasing level of accuracy. Quite apart from documenting the topography of the region many of the maps bear artistic embellishments to portray the flora and fauna of the country and oceans to add to their attraction.
We shall depart promptly from outside Central Post office at 10:15 am, on Thursday 21 February and will be met at the Library at HKUST in Clearwater Bay at 11 where we will have a presentation by Dr. Marco Caboara, the Digital Scholarship and Archives Manager of the collection, followed by a map study session. We will leave the Library at 12:30 pm to go by coach for lunch in Sai Kung (at members’ own expense). We anticipate returning to Central by 3:15 pm.
Numbers are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.
|Title:Study Group Spring 2019|
The Study Group has just concluded an enthralling Autumn term looking at Asian Architecture with particular emphasis on China and Japan. Members researched and prepared presentations on a diversity of subjects including pre War architecture of Tokyo, the buildings on the Bund in Shanghai, the Gold and Silver temples in Kyoto, the Potala Palace, Dou Gong, Suzhou Gardens and Tulous amongst others.
After discussion it was agreed amongst the group that the Spring 2019 term would have the same theme of Asian Architecture but concentrating on South East Asia.
Such a theme gives plenty of scope for members to choose from a wide range of countries, cultures and religions expressed in the local architecture in the region and should prove again to be a fascinating time for learning more about our neighbouring part of the world.
Date: Term starts on Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 11:15 and will continue until late March/early April.
Venue: Multi function room A, H6 Conet, The Center, 99 Queen’s Road, Central, HK.
Fees: To be confirmed. About HK500 for the term
If you would join us for the Spring term do please let Patrick Moss know at email@example.com
|Title:Study Group autumn 2018|
The Friends Study Group has a new home for the Autumn term. We shall be meeting in the newly opened H6 Conet. This is an art and community centre established in the basement of The Center, 99 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong.
The topic for the Autumn term will be Asian Architecture with particular reference to the architecture of China, Korea and Japan. It is a very big topic and there is much scope from which to choose. New buildings, historic structures, iconic examples of a theme or just a building which fascinates you, appeals to you or about which you would like to find out more and pass on to other members of the group. Exteriors, interiors, the purpose for which it was built or anything else which you find interesting. We are a very uncritical and friendly group all enjoying doing some research and passing on what we have learnt to fellow members about a topic which has interested each of us in a relaxed environment. Do join us for what you will find to be an enthralling few weeks of enhancing your knowledge in an unchallenging way.
Details of the Autumn term are as follows:
Dates: Commencing at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday 23 October. Thereafter on the following Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. 23 and 30 October, 13, 20 , 27 November and 4 December.
Venue: Small Multi-function Room A, H Conet, Basement, The Center, 99 Queen’s Road, Central, HK
Fees: Friends members HK$500. Non-members HK$600
If you would like to join us in the Autumn please send an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org .We will be delighted to hear from you and will be in touch.
|Title:What is the Friends Study Group?|
The Friends Study Group has existed for more than 30 years and has a large collection of presentations prepared by members on a vast diversity of subjects. Currently the group consists of about 15 members who meet during "term" time at the Maritime Museum in Central on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm. Currently we have two "terms" each year in Spring and Autumn and each lasts for about 8 weeks.
An overall main topic is usually agreed upon by group members and each particpant chooses the subject on which they wish to make a presentation. Much of the fun is in researching one's chosen subject and then preparing a presentation usually with Powerpoint or similar programme lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. Normally there are two presentations each week and we usually have an optional lunch nearby to continue discussion and chat.
We are an enthusiastic, amateur group who enjoy learning from others' research and presentations. We are, we believe, an uncritical, friendly audience and hope you will consider joining us. The next topic can be found advertised on this site and in the FFF. If you have any questions please contact Patrick Moss at email@example.com. and we will try to tell you much fun the Study Group can be.
|Title:Study Group spring 2018 The Arts and Crafts of Japan (2)|
The theme of the ASutumn term of the Study Group the Arts and Crafts of Japan proved very popular. It provoked a number of fascinating topics chosen and presentedd by members ranging from the works of Hokusai and Hiroshige, marketing of beauty products, lacquer, folk dolls, netsuke and ukiyo-e.However there remain many more examples of Japanese art and the country's long history of craftsmanship.Accordingly we have decided to continue with this subject for another term.
From 27 February we shall meet every Tuesday at 10 am at the Education Room of the Maritime Museum in Centrtal followed by an optional lunch together. There will be no meeting on 3 April.
If you wouold like to join us in thje Spring please send an expression of interest to Patrick Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.
|Title:Study Group Summer 2017 The Arts and Crafts of Japan|
Often overlooked, or even deliberately ignored, in Hong Kong, the arts and crafts of Japan have a rich diversity and demonstrate age-old skills and cultures that hold considerable fascination worldwide and are worthy of close attention.
The Friends Autumn Study Group will choose aspects of Japanese art and share their acquired knowledge by presentations to other participants. The term is likely to be from early October until early December depending upon the number of participants. We meet every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Education Room of the Maritime Museum in Central and there is an optional lunch afterwards.
Any attempt to list a representative selection of Japanese arts and crafts would exceed the space allotted to this notice. What immediately spring to mind are the works of Hokusai and Hiroshige, woodblock prints by Utamaro, the art of the kimono, the tea ceremony, bonsai, inro and netsuke, origami, Shunga art and that of the Floating World, Tanuki, dressed dolls, mechanical toys, cloth wrapping, sword guards, Imari ware, painted screens, and elegant lacquerware. The list seems almost endless and presents a fascinating portion of what Japan has to offer to those seeking to learn and appreciate the country’s age old culture.
If you would like to join us in the Autumn, please send an expression of interest to email@example.com and we will be in touch.