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The Trinity Centre for Asian Studies organises regular public lectures, seminars and outreach activities. This page contains links to information about events that have been organised by the Centre or in association with its members. Events are open to all and free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Please email for further information about any events or conferences listed below.

Public Lectures & Seminars

Monday 7 October 2019 at 1-2pm. TCAS Lunchtime Seminar Onsen in Japan: An adventurous way of exploring the country! 

With special guest speaker Ms Noriko Seino, Junior Landlady (Waka Okami) Seikokan. Ms Seino was born in Niigata, Japan, the daughter of a Japanese guest house with hot spring (an Onsen Ryokan) which was established in 1707. Ms Seino's visit to Ireland has been funded by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She graduated from Coventry University in Tourism Management, and, as a member of the Japan Association of Secluded Hot Spring Inns, she works to promote Japan’s unique Onsen culture worldwide. In association with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland. Images with thanks to ITOU Japan Association of Secluded Hot Spring Inns.

Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.


Thursday 10 October 2019 at 6.15pm. New Island and the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies invite you to the book launch of The Irish and China by Jerusha McCormack (ed.).

Since the publication of the first book of essays on Ireland/China relations in 2009, China and the Irish, Ireland has been transformed. Conventionally defined as a small open economy, it is now becoming an open and increasingly global culture. With a welcome message from the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, this collection of essays celebrates four decades of Sino-Irish diplomatic relations. The Sino-Irish Partnership Agreement was formally established on June 22nd 1979. During the last decade, one which has commemorated the founding events of the Easter Rising of 1916, the notion of who is Irish must now be extended to include about two hundred nationalities. The census of 2011 registered an incredible increase of 91 per cent over the 2002 figure for Chinese migrants to Ireland. Whether it is China’s ecstatic welcome of Riverdance, Kerrygold butter and the prose of James Joyce, or Ireland’s reinvention of itself through its culture and newly multicultural society, these essays demonstrate, often in surprising ways, just how each nation has helped to transform the other.

Professor Jerusha McCormack is an Irish academic with a long career in the area of comparative cultures and a particular interest in China, teaching for many years at Beijing Foreign Studies University and more recently at Fudan University in Shanghai. She is a visiting academic at the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies. She is the author and editor of several publications including China and the Irish: Thomas Davis Lecture Series (published by New Island Books in 2009) and, with John Blair, Thinking through China (2015) and Comparing Civilizations: China and the West (4th edition, 2018).

Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. RSVP to

From Thursday 14 November 2019, 1-2pm weekly. Free Japanese lunchtime conversation group meeting. In association with the Ireland Japan Association.

This weekly lunchtime conversation group will allow Japanese learners of all levels to develop their conversation skills in a casual, lunchtime environment. Feel free to bring your lunch and find some new conversation partners at the same time. No registration is needed, and all are welcome – whatever your level of Japanese! Running this term for five weeks from 14 Nov to 12 December.

TCAS Seminar Room 2011 (Arts Building Annex – entrance beside the Douglas Hyde Gallery).


Monday 25 November 2019 at 7.15pm. Joint Davy/TCAS Public Evening Lecture. Will EVs be an ultimate answer to CO2 footprint reductions?

With visiting expert, Mr Noboru Uchiyama, General Manager, Investor Relations Europe, Panasonic Corporation. In April 2019, the EU adopted new regulation to reduce CO2 emission from cars and set targets for 2025 and 2030. Electric Vehicles (EVs) and battery technologies offer several environmental benefits compared to the conventional combustion engine. However, the penetration of EV cars has not been at the level that the market expected in some countries. This public examines EV technologies, policies and current societal issues from the battery manufacturer’s perspective.

Synge Theatre, Arts Building.








Previous Events


29 June, 2019. Motivation and emotions in language learning. Professor Keita Kikuchi, Kanagawa University, Japan. Part of the XCELING ‘Innovation in Applied Linguistics’ Series.

25 June, 2019. Ireland-Indonesia Relations. Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Ireland, Dr Rizal Sukma.

27 May, 2019. The Asian Economy and the World's Financial Markets. Mr Satoshi Okagawa, SMBC Senior Global Markets Analyst (London)

24 May, 2019. Career Reflections: International cooperation for environment risk governance and management. Ms Ria Sen, United Nations World Food Programme, Rome.

4 April, 2019. Dynamics of Occupy Protests: Lessons from Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement. Ming-sho Ho, Professor of Sociology, National Taiwan University.

25 February 2019. TCAS Lunchtime Seminar. "'You have become my heaven and my mariner': Fr. Angelo Zottoli SJ (1826-1902) and his mission in Shanghai". With Antonio de Caro, Hong Kong Baptist University/Trinity College Dublin.

19 February 2019. TCAS Lunchtime Seminar. Cultural and Technological Experiences from a Taiwanese Perspective. Guest speaker: Dr Pierre Tzu-pao Yang, Taipei Representative Office in Ireland. Dr Yang will give a presentation on the Taiwanese experience of using technology to promote culture, including how technology can play a positive role in a ‘new renaissance of the twenty-first century’ and whether the Taiwanese experience suggests a new means of facilitating dialogue between technology and culture.

15 February 2019. Film Screening "The Edge of Night" 街頭 and Q&A with Director Chiang Wei-Hua. Chiang Wei-Hua is a Taiwanese independent filmmaker. His documentaries focus on Taiwanese youth cultures. The “Edge of Night” 街頭 (2018) was the selected competition film for the 2018 Taipei Film Festival and awarded for the Top Prize at South Taiwan Film Festival. With Dr Malte Kaeding (University of Surrey). Supported by the Taipei Representative Office in Ireland.

14 February 2019. TCAS Public Evening Lecture in association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. 100 Years of Chinese Anti-Imperialism: The May Fourth Movement of 1919. In 1919, Chinese students organised a major protest movement, beginning on 4 May, to oppose the government's perceived acquiescence to the Treaty of Versailles. The protest swelled to include tens of thousands of people across China and became the most important political and cultural flowering of the period. Dr Isabella Jackson will explain the events and significance of this turning point in Chinese history.

11 February 2019. TCAS Public Evening Lecture in association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. An Introduction to the Chinese Writing System. The Chinese language is well-known worldwide due to its long history and unique writing system. Whilst many of the world’s languages are written in alphabets or syllabaries, the ideograms of the Chinese writing system convey not only pronunciation but ideas and concepts in the form of picture symbols. Ning Jiang explores the evolution, development and transformation of the Chinese writing system, including contemporary developments in the digital era.

5 February 2019. TCAS Public Evening Lecture in association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. Fifty Shades of Humour in China. Humour is an indispensable component of our life which provides a cognitive shortcut in our understanding of social and political issues, as well as how we perceive ‘the Other’. As polarisation sweeps both democratic and authoritarian regimes, this lecture examines how humour plays a part in our participation in political life. Dr Wang-Kaeding will look at the case of China and map out different types of humour which reflect and even condition state-society dynamics. The audience will see examples ranging from state-sponsored skits in the Chinese Spring Festival Gala to memes created by netizens, and will be invited share their opinions on examples to help come up with a working definition of ‘political humour’.

30 January 2019. In association with the International History Seminar Series. The Italian-Chinese Silk Market, 1850-1915. With Dr Aglaia De Angeli (QUB). Dr De Angeli is a sinologist who specialises in social and law history of Republican China. Part of the Sir Robert Hart Project at Queen’s, her work includes historical photography and Sino-Western relationships, especially between China and Italy, France and Ireland, on law, diplomats, silk and missionaries.

19 November 2018. TCAS Lunchtime Seminar. Turbulence in the world trade regime and the Japan-EU Economic Partnership. Professor Kimura, Keio University & Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta, Indonesia. Slides available here. This seminar is also available as a podcast. In association with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.

12 November 2018. TCAS Lunchtime Seminar. East Asia and Future of World Trade: An Assessment of the Trump and Brexit Impacts. Dr Christopher Dent, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Business at Edge Hill University. Slides available here. This seminar is also available as a podcast.

11 September, 2018. TCAS Lunchtime Seminar. Watering down Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Claudia Mo is an independent, pro-democracy legislator and a journalist by training in the city. She is a founder of the HK First group. 


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