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Heads Up – Murders of Old China at the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong – June 5

Posted: May 18th, 2020 | No Comments »

This is an online Zoom lecture by Paul French, it will be linked to his book Murders of Old China.

One country rich in history, 12 unsolved murders. Reopening the archives on China’s long forgotten past.

Why did a remote police station, built to combat pirates, find itself at the centre of a murder-suicide after a constable went on the rampage? How did Chinese gangsters avoid conviction after serving a deadly dinner to Frenchtown’s elite? And why is the Foreign Office still withholding a key document to solving a murder that took place in the Gobi desert in 1935?

By delving deep into 12 of China’s most fascinating murder cases, Murders of Old China delivers a fast- paced journey through China’s early 20th-century history – including its criminal underbelly.

Uncovering previously unknown connections and exposing the lies, Paul French queries the verdict of some of China’s most controversial cases, interweaving true crime with China’s chaotic and complicated history of foreign occupation and Chinese rival factions.

Access to online lectures

The RASHK hosts online lectures over the Zoom application, downloadable on computer at https://zoom.us/ or smartphone on any app store.

Specific details to access the Zoom calls that we will be using will be circulated via correspondence emails prior to each online lecture.

Admission: free of charge

Booking: If you intend to attend an online lecture, please email membership@royalasiaticsociety.org.hk to let us know in advance.

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