In 1857 a small group of British and Americans seeking intellectual engagement in a city dedicated to commerce established the Shanghai Literary and Scientific Society. Within a year the organisation was granted affiliation with the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in London and the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society was born. The Society was re-convened in Shanghai in 2007.
The RAS China in Shanghai series of China Monographs, published in association with Hong Kong University Press, is designed to reflect the vibrancy as well as the wide research interests and contacts of the Society and to provide a forum for its members and associates to publish their research interests.
Series Editor: Paul French