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Bhutan - The Rarely Seen

Ju Shen Lee
Thursday, 25 Aug 2022
7.00 pm to 8.00 pm
The event is free of charge for members. For guests or non-members, the registration fee is $50. Please click https://rgshk.org.hk/payment-for-ju-shen-lee-s-talk-on-thu-25-aug-2022. The link for this webtalk is going to be sent at 12.30 pm on Thursday, 25 Aug..
Following her fabulous talk on Myanmar/Burma, RGS-HK is delighted to welcome Ju Shen to speak again. Her photo-expedition traversed Bhutan from Paro, in western Bhutan, to Merak, in eastern Bhutan, going far beyond the tourist hotspots of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Bumthang.

Besides the readily seen beautiful scenery and unique architecture, Ju Shen’s real-life photos capture the rarely seen daily lives of the Bhutanese people. The heart and soul of Bhutan are the nation's strong, stoic, and spiritual people, who face the future with one foot planted firmly in their ageless history, and the other foot planted firmly in their timeless culture.  

Ju Shen’s talk gives a rare insight into daily lives of the self-reliant and self-sustaining Bhutanese people.  

The Kingdom of Bhutan is nestled between the high alpine Tibetan Plateau and the tropical floodplains of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. The landlocked country measures just 280km from east to west and 150km from north to south. Rivers flowing from the northern highlands to the southern lowlands have carved Bhutan’s renowned stunning geography.  

Ju Shen Lee is from Malaysia and went to school in Malaysia, the USA and Singapore. She went to university in the United Kingdom, gaining a BSc in Geography and Geology and a MSc in Environmental Science. She has worked in Malaysia, Singapore and the USA. She currently resides in Singapore working at a US multinational as the Global Environmental and Sustainability Manager.  

She is an accomplished photographer. Her international experience, geography and geology degrees, and global environmental and sustainability management career, give her an empathetic eye for the synergy and symbiosis of nature, life, culture and religion. Ju Shen has undertaken photo-expeditions to Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.  

She has won several international competitions, most notably the prestigious 2016 Asia-Europe Foundation Prize and the acclaimed 2020 Beau Monde Traveler Magazine Grand Prize. Her photographs were displayed the Royal Geographical Society (London) Earth Photo 2021 Exhibition. She has published two books on Luang Prabang in Laos, Life & Prayer and The Monks, and a book on Inle Lake, Ingenious Lives.  

The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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