West Bengal Chief Minister to brief Asia House corporate members

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal in India, who famously once said she wants to make Kolkata another London, is visiting Britain's capital to look at ways to boost West Bengal's infrastructure and tourism, encourage industry to set up in in the state and boost employment. Named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine, she will give a private briefing at Asia House.

Wednesday July 29

15.00 - 16.30

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‘Knowledge’ can be Mamata Banerjee’s magic wand

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West Bengal has a distinct advantage over its competitors in its talented human capital and the state has a culture of cultivating knowledge for over 150 years which can easily compensate the paucity of land. That urge for knowledge, that once sparked a social and political reform across India in the 19th and 20th century, is capable of driving an economic turnaround in the state today, writes Aditya Ghosh, ahead of a briefing by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Asia House on Wednesday.

Chinese Ambassador to the UK to brief corporate members

Ahead of the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the UK in October this year, Chinese Ambassador to the UK HE Liu Xiaoming will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing to discuss China-UK relations.

Wednesday August 5

08.00 - 09.30

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A journey through the contrasting landscapes of Pakistan

Join Pakistan’s accomplished photography artist Ghulam Rasool on a spiritual journey through some of Pakistan’s most hidden natural landscapes at this exhibition.

25 - 28 August

10.00 - 18.00

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Free admission

Britain's Forgottten African Army that fought in Burma

The British soldiers who fought in Asia referred to themselves as ‘the Forgotten Army’ but of all the men who fought the Japanese, perhaps none are as forgotten as the 100,000 African soldiers. Join Al Jazeera journalist Barnaby Phillips for a fascinating talk on his critically acclaimed book 'Another Man’s War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain’s Forgotten African Army.'

Thursday September 10

18.45 - 20.00

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Experience man's extraordinary relationship with elephants

'Mahout – The Great Elephant Walk', winner of the Best Film Award at the 2014 London Independent Film Festival, will be screened as part of the first ever Asia House Fortnight of Film, which is taking place in August. The film is set in Nepal.

Thursday 13 August

19.00 - 20.30

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Music is a hot commodity along the ancient Silk Road

Being shown as part of the Asia House Fortnight of Film, 'The Silk Road of Pop' is a portrait of the explosive pop music scene among the Uyghur community in China’s Xinjiang Province and taps into the rhythmical zeitgeist of what it means to be young and Uyghur in China.

Tuesday 18 August

19.00 - 20.30

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Palm leaf homes: the future of Dubai?

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Traditional buildings made from the leaves of date palms have been used to create habitable structures to provide shelter and relief from the extreme climate of the Arabian peninsula for generations. However this tradition known as Arish architecture has been lost to Western construction methods. Is it time to revive it?

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