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I live in London with my husband, [personal profile] beluosus. I have a MA (Distinction) in African/Asian History from SOAS, where I focused on Religion in Imperial China. I am interested in women's history, Taoism and the Tang dynasty. It's my dream to do a PHD in Chinese history, however my Chinese is nowhere near that level yet. So I continue studying.

Although I'm an atheist I'm very much interested in religion and the supernatural, the history of Ghosts in different cultures and women spirit mediums. I am also interested in British history, particularly Tudors and Stuarts and the Victorian era. I was the historical consultant for my friends RPG Unhallowed Metropolis

I work in the Special Collections Library at King's College London. I'm also studying for an MSc in Library and Information Science at City University. (Because you can never have too many post-graduate qualifications and this one might even be practical!)

In my LJ I try and keep track of what I read as well as practicing my chinese, 中文日记 though the past couple months I've not been doing nearly as much as I should.

Feel free to add me as a friend if you like. I tend not to friend people I meet without them friending me first as I feel like I write far too often and don't want to bore people if they're not interested!

If you can see the Chinese characters but can not read them and would like to be amused you can cut and paste them to babelfish which often results in much hilarity.

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