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Morning Talk - Time Travelling in China and Tibet - Pete Morton

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Morning Talk - Time Travelling in China and Tibet - Pete Morton


China is the largest country in the world in terms of population with some 1.4 billion people. It is likely to overtake the USA as the largest economy in the world in the next few years. Despite its major role in the world today it is a country that few of us really know much about beyond the horror stories of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s reports of pollution, its cheap exports, and the developing trade war with President Trump. The western press tends to ignore China or paint it as the “The Evil Empire” and most of us have been brought up on a diet of western caricatures of the Chinese people ; ideas of simple coolies and Aladdin or triads and the villainous Fu Manchu. China is omitted from most school history curricula. On the other hand Tibet is a land of mystery, and romance, long isolated from the rest of the world and the home of a distinct form of Buddhism focused on the Dalai Lama. Today Tibet is officially part of China but in many ways, especially spiritually, it is a different world.

In September Pete travelled through China and Tibet with his wife Christina. This was his second trip to the Middle Kingdom; his first was in 1984. Pete will describe some of his experiences, outline the astonishing changes that have taken place in 30 years and look to explain some of the strange contradictions which seem to exist in modern China.

In this talk he will travel in time not only from 1984 to 2018 but back over 2000 years to the times of the early Emperors and into the future which is developing in a modernised China. The talk will be illustrated by photographs Pete took during his two journeys.

Admission €4.

Refreshments available.

There is limited room so to reserve a seat please send an email to ZnJhbmNlc2NhIHwgYW15Z2RhbGkgISBjb20= as soon as you can.



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