RAS Weekender

J.G. Ballard in Shanghai: Film, book, and walking tour

Renowned British author J.G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930. He and his family lived through the Japanese occupation during World War II, including several years in the Lunghua internment camp on the outskirts of Shanghai.

 The novel based on his experiences during the war was adapted by Steven Spielberg into the critically-acclaimed film Empire of the Sun (1987). This film screening will be followed by a discussion of Ballard’s autobiography Miracles of Life.

 The next day we will have a two-hour walking tour of the city, based on locations from Ballard’s childhood.  Rémi Mazourine will lead the walk, which he will follow with a panel discussion alongside Stephen Jacobi of Wellington College International Shanghai, RAS librarian Sven Serrano, and RAS member Betty Barr, who was interned in the same block as Ballard in the Lunghua camp.

The weekend’s schedule and details as follows:

Saturday, May 19, 4.30 pm: film and book discussion. 

Venue: Un Caffè Bar, 7thFloor, 77 Jiangning Lu (near Nanjing Xi Lu), 静安区江宁路77号7楼, 近南京西路

Entrance Fees: Members 50, Non-members 100, Students 50

Sunday, May 20, 2:00 pm: Walking tour (2:00 pm, meeting point TBD) and panel discussion (4:00 pm, The Tavern at Radisson Xingguo)

Venue: The Tavern at Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 1/F, 78 Xingguo Lu (near Huashan Lu) 兴国路78号1楼, 近华山路

Entrance Fees: Members 100, Non-members 150, Students 100

Please specify in the RSVP whether you will attend one or both events.

RSVP : bookings@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn