Studying in Queens History department taught me a number of great things, including that I know a small fraction of what there is to know, but that I have the capacity to learn a lot through discussion, analysis and hard work. My most enjoyable experiences were learning Chinese history from Dr. Hill and studying in Hong Kong on an exchange program.
My experience at Queens inspired me to continue studying China reading a Masters of Philosophy in Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge, which included a year in Beijing researching contemporary Chinese art as well as learning Mandarin. Falling in love in Cambridge led me to follow my husband to Amsterdam, where I read a Masters in Museology. I continued to pursue research on China, publishing an article about the aura of Chinese copies for a major exhibition of contemporary Chinese art, as well as writing about the use of copies in Chinese museums. My husband and I also started our own collection of contemporary art whilst I worked for a private art fund.
Finally I moved back to Canada where I have continued to work in the cultural sector. I have a curatorial practice, such as bringing 20 major, contemporary, Canadian artists for a landmark exhibition to China (September 2014). I also write for the arts magazine Tribe, and I work as an art consultant helping others build their own art collections.
I maintain my friendships with other Queens alumni, through our Toronto book club and hosting dinner parties and attending occasional alumni events. I know that Queens History Department helped me to build an excellent foundation for my life-long learning, and I look forward to bringing my husband to Kingston for his first Queens visit soon!