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RAS China Zoom Event – Bill Lascher on A Danger Shared, the Previously Unpublished Photogeraphy of Mel Jacoby – April 3 2024

Posted: April 2nd, 2024 | No Comments »

RASBJ online event about the book A Danger Shared. Curator and author Bill Lascher reveals previously unpublished photos of WWII China and other parts of Asia by war correspondent Melville Jacoby. Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 8:00-9:00 PM Beijing Time – via Zoom.

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: See selections of striking, previously unpublished photographs of wartime China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and beyond taken by the American foreign correspondent Melville Jacoby while reporting from Asia during World War II. U.S.-based author Bill Lascher will discuss Jacoby and a new book featuring more than 300 of his photographs: A Danger Shared: A Journalist’s Glimpses of a Continent at War (Blacksmith Books). Lascher — who archived, digitized, and curated Jacoby’s images — wrote the introduction and accompanying text for A Danger Shared. He will discuss how he wove scenes of bombed classrooms, anxious refugees, and exhausted soldiers with images of everyday friendship, toil, and commerce into a visual chronicle of Asia’s experience of war and of humanity’s persistence amid a cataclysmic historical moment as witnessed by Jacoby. Beyond Jacoby’s photos, RASBJ members and guests will see samples of film footage he shot during his travels in China, Japan, and beyond and hear selections from his wartime radio broadcasts. Lascher, whose grandmother was Jacoby’s cousin, had previously told Jacoby’s captivating personal story in the critically acclaimed 2016 book, Eve of a Hundred Midnights; he will also describe how he returned to these extraordinary materials to call new attention to a story Jacoby felt was so important that he risked his life to share it with the world.

HOW MUCH: Free for RASBJ members. RMB 50 for members of RAS branches in London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul. RMB 100 for non-members. You may find payment by Alipay easier than via Wechat. You can also pay by credit card. Interested in becoming an RASB member? Please sign up at

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: Please click “Register” or “I will attend” before April 1 and follow the instructions. After successful registration you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to join the event online. If you seem not to have received it, please check your spam folder.

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Bill Lascher is an American author who crafts stories about people, history, and place through immersive narrative nonfiction and meticulous research. His books include A Danger Shared: A Journalist’s Glimpses of a Continent at War (Blacksmith Books, 2024), The Golden Fortress: California’s Border War on Dust Bowl Refugees (Chicago Review Press, 2022), and Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star Crossed Love Story of Two World War II Correspondents and Their Epic Escape Across the Pacific (William Morrow, 2016). Lascher’s writing, audio storytelling, and photography appear in print, radio, podcast and digital platforms, such as Atlas Obscura, Fortune, The Guardian, Portland Monthly, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and American History Tellers. Originally from California, he now resides with his family in the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon.

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