Yunn-Ning Wang studied MA Curating Cultures at SOAS and now works as a Research Assistant at the National Palace Museum.
Why did you choose SOAS, and why Curating Cultures?
The diverse and vibrant learning environment of SOAS is the most attractive reason. You get to engage with people from various backgrounds and brainstorm together. The course "Curating Cultures" allowed me to gain insight on the preparation and presentation of exhibitions. Therefore, I am able to be prepared to coordinate multiple tasks and also be aware of cross-cultural issues while organising and arranging exhibitions.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
I liked the course for not only providing me with theoretical knowledge which enabled me to ponder ethical issues that I might encounter in curating, but also for giving practical opportunities to prepare, organise and present an exhibition with a group. I was in a group with people from different backgrounds, and everyone had different ways to view the same group of objects.
Can you tell us about the work you do now and how you got there?
I am currently working as a research assistant at the National Palace Museum. My main tasks include coordinating loan exhibitions and collaborative research projects as well as assisting with the exhibition arrangements, such as editing and proofreading texts, and translating texts. I believe my education at SOAS is one of the reasons I got offered the role. The programme of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS has a great reputation in the field.
How has your experience at SOAS helped you in your career?
The teachers were definitely very helpful. They were unhesitating to offer you any opportunity of internship or work.
What advice would you give to students thinking about studying Curating Cultures at SOAS?
“Curating Cultures” provides the theory related to curating and also the actual experience in curating an exhibition. If you are interested in being a curator in the future, it is important for curators or researchers to have professional knowledge in their study whether it is about art or science, but it is very important to be aware of ethical issues they may encounter while curating an exhibition.