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Members' Night

  • Hong Kong Maritime Museum Cafe 8, Central Pier No.8 Hong Kong (map)

This evening has been reserved at the Café 8, Hong Kong Maritime Museum for our members. Many of our RAS members are experts in their own field and this evening will provide an excellent opportunity to listen to two of them talking about their work, as well as a chance to meet fellow members over light refreshments, in a friendly venue at the heart of the Central Harbourfront.

Martin Merz, our long-time member, will be talking about his experiences in translating Eileen Chang’s final autobiographical novel and Ann-si Li about her experiences with treating her furry ‘patients’ with Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong.

A Challenging Narrative

Eileen Chang spent the early part of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong as a student at Hong Kong University. Her depictions in Little Reunions’ of cowardice and corruption in war time Hong Kong are just one example of her challenging the narrative.

Her career began at 18 with an expose of her family’s dirty and infinitely interesting laundry - which instantly made her a literary superstar. Her vivid and fresh writing style has won millions of fans in Greater China.

Martin will share his experiences translating Chang’s final autobiographical novel.

Martin Merz is a long-standing RAS member who started learning Chinese in the 1970s. He has lived and worked in Greater China for four decades. This is the third novel he has co-translated with Jane Pan.

My Experiences with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCVM) in Hong Kong

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has been practiced in Hong Kong for many years and has been widely accepted by the pet-owning public as well. Many veterinary hospitals offer this service along with their other services, such as radiology, surgery, internal medicine, and physical therapy.

Dr Li’s practice here in Hong Kong has integrated Chinese herbs and a form of acupuncture that emphasizes the Traditional Chinese Medicine aspect. This has led to some interesting cases outside of the usual mobility issues for which acupuncture is known to be beneficial.

Patients will be introduced to show the wide range of the patient population in Hong Kong and variety of medical conditions that can be successfully treated with this form of medicine.

Ann-si Li is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of California at Davis, the first Chinese-American woman graduate of the school when very few women were accepted into the profession. She has been practicing in Hong Kong for 10 years, by way of California, Italy and Beijing. Her interest in TCVM began when Nixon went to China and her neuro-surgeon uncle was able to return to the PRC for a visit, speaking about this unusual method of therapy. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

Admission: RAS Members $150; Non-Members/ Guests $200 (incl. snacks & a complimentary drink - please advise us of any special diet needs)
Booking: Please email in advance to reserve your place and pay at the door.