Mingqian Liu

Who are you?
I am doing my PhD in History at Texas A&M University, and my research focuses on history of architecture and urban development, preservation theories and practices of historic neighbourhoods in China, especially the inner city area of Beijing. Coming from a Manchurian Chinese family and having spent much of my life in a traditional neighbourhood, I am fascinated by the built environment and its intangible cultural heritage, and the question of how they could survive modern day development in this rapidly expanding metropolis.

What did you study on the LSE-PKU Summer School?
I did the course "Urban Asia and China: Cities, Society and Development" with Dr. Shin. We studied the impact of urban renewal process on Chinese cities, mega-events and their legacies, as well as the historic preservation issues and debates in current day China. I chose this course because it helped me to develop writing and research skills, and the fieldwork we did in one of the historic neighbourhoods in Beijing provided me with hands-on experience on many topics we discussed in class.

How was your experience of Beijing?
Beijing has grown into a bustling metropolis, combined with rich traditions and dynamic modern life. During our field trips, I was able to critically examine my familiar environment from entirely new angles. These two weeks I spent at Peking University were quite unforgettable, as I made friends with people from diverse backgrounds, and we shared intellectual knowledge and opinions on our subjects. I also got the chance to visit the famous art and archaeological museum at PKU.

 

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  Mingqian Liu