SOAS University of London

Li An Tan

I particularly enjoyed the variety of classes offered and also being able to meet colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Li An Tan studied MA History of Art and Archaeology.  She is now Assistant Curator at the Hong Kong Palace Museum.

Why did you choose SOAS, and why MA History of Art and Archaeology?

SOAS has a world-class faculty with leading scholars in their own fields of East Asian art research, and it provides the level of rigorous academic study I was looking for.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

Everything! This is a difficult question. I particularly enjoyed the variety of classes offered and also being able to meet colleagues from diverse backgrounds.  

Can you tell us about the work you do now and how you got there?

I have been working as Assistant Curator at the Hong Kong Palace Museum since November 2019. Before this, I interned at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore and worked in an international auction house for over 3 years, planning over 10 Chinese Art auctions.

How has your experience at SOAS helped you in your career?

It helped me recognise my career path and provided me with the necessary knowledge and connections to pursue work in the Asian art field.

What advice would you give to students thinking about studying MA History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS?

Don’t hesitate, just do it! My years at SOAS doing MA History of Art and Archaeology have been most memorable, inspiring, and challenging.