Bai Yunxiang Invited to Attend the Society for the History of Asian Casting Technology 2009 Conference in Tokyo, Japan.
Deputy Director and research fellow Bai Yunxiang (IA CASS) was recently invited to participate in the Society for the History of Asian Casting Technology's 2009 Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The conference took place between August 28 and September 1, 2009, during which time Bai Yunxiang visited Tokyo University's University Museum and the Ancient Orient Museum.
The Society for the History of Asian Casting Technology is an international academic organization which was established in Japan in 2007. Its secretariat is located in Japan's Toyama University and the Society's members consist of historians, archaeologists, art historians, ethnologists, and academics specialising in the study of the history of technology, casting technologies and the preservation of cultural relics. The Society currently has a membership of 168 Japanese, South Korean, Chinese and Indian scholars who are involved in the academic research of ancient bronze, iron, tin and glassware. Aside from organising the occasional small-scale research seminar, the Society is also involved in organising one of its key events, the annual research conference, and in the editing and publication of its journal "The Journal of the Society for the History of Asian Casting Technology" (FUSUS).
This year's conference is the Society's third such event and took place on August 30 and 31, 2009, at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Over 120 members and experts from Japan, South Korea and China participated in this year's conference. Bai Yunxiang, who is also a Vice Chairman of the Society for the History of Asian Casting Technology, presented his commemorative speech "Two Traditions of Ancient Asia's Bronze Mirror Casting Techniques". South Korean scholar and fellow Society Vice Chairman Lee Cheong-gyu presented a special report on "A Comprehensive Study of Korean National Treasure No. 141 : A Bronze Mirror with Fine Linear Design and Knobs ". Sixteen other Japanese scholars took the opportunity to present their speeches on ancient bronze, iron, tin and glassware.
(Translated by Kelly McGuire)