Please do come to the first of our Parish Breakfast Talks on the 24th September, at 9.30am. in the Church. The talk will be given by Bob Ash, one our parishioners.

The title of the talk will be – ‘Making Sense of China’.

I commend this talk to you. Please invite your friends. There will be a sign up sheet for catering purposes.

Here is a brief Biosketch of our speaker:


Until his retirement in July 2020 Bob Ash was Professor of Economics with reference to China and Taiwan at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is now Professor Emeritus at SOAS. From 1986 to 1995 he was Head of the Contemporary China Institute at SOAS; and during 1997-2001 he was Director of the EU-China Academic Network.

From 1999 to 2013 Bob was Founder-Director of the SOAS Taiwan Studies Programme. In 2012 he received the Freedom Medal of Diplomacy from the Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan in recognition of his achievements in promoting Taiwan Studies in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

Bob has held visiting research and teaching positions at universities in Australia, Hong Kong, France and Italy. He has been researching China for more than 40 years and has published widely on development issues relating to China, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong. From the 1970s until the 2010s he was a frequent traveller to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and made conference and research visits to the USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea and many European countries. He has been a consultant on China for international banks and multinationals, and has undertaken work for the European Commission and the International Labour Organisation. He has also given evidence to the House of Lords European Union Committee on relations between the EU and China.

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