Why did you choose Economic History at LSE?
When I started to choose my university course, I was attracted by LSE’s BSc Economic History programme as it offered an opportunity to combine my quantitative and qualitative knowledge. I was hoping to better understand the myriad factors for economic growth from a more informed perspective. Studying at LSE has definitely fulfilled my wish. I have gained a strong theoretical base in economic history, from the Malthusian theory to the new political economy. Studying economic history in different regions, such as East Asia, North America and Europe has provided me with a global perspective when formulating my own understanding of the events.
Courses on economics and quantitative research methods allowed me to apply economic theory and statistical methods to problems in history. Using the skills I learned from the course, I have completed several original research projects. In the second year compulsory module (EH237), I examined labour strikes in 1930s Shanghai, uncovering a pro-cyclical relationship between economic conditions and labour unrest. It is fascinating to analyse the primary sources and present my findings.
What are you enjoying outside the classroom?
Outside the classroom, LSE has a range of societies that provide chances to make lots of friends. I have always been interested in film editing and marketing so I joined the Chinese Students and Scholars Association marketing division, where I got the opportunity to shoot vlogs and micro-films.
One of the best things about studying in London is that I can explore all the restaurants, museums and galleries. Going to a tasty restaurant is definitely a good way to balance out the stress of study.
What plans do you have after graduation?
During my undergraduate study, I have strengthened my determination to further my interest in economic history. I want to study the living standards of female peasant migrants in China. I hope to gain an insight into their everyday lives, rather than being constrained by the history of great men.
My end goal is to find a role supporting women’s economic empowerment in an organisation such as UNDP or an NGO, using the theories and principles gained from the programme.