Yoon Jung PARK

Consultant_2014_Park_Yoon (2)Convener/Coordinator , Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network Senior Research Associate (non-resident), Sociology Department, Rhodes University

Expertise/Research Interests: migration, China-Africa, Chinese migrants, specifically: ethnic Chinese in southern Africa and perceptions of Chinese people by local communities; migration; race, ethnicity and identity; race, class and power dynamics; affirmative action and Chinese South Africans; and xenophobia.

Languages: English, Spanish, Korean

Bio: Dr. Park is an expert on Chinese migration in Africa and a sociologist by training with nearly 20 years of experience on the African continent. She has spent the last dozen years developing expertise on Chinese in Africa, both Chinese South African ethnic & national identity construction and new Chinese migrants on the continent. She earned her PhD in Sociology from University of the Witwatersrand and, prior to that, received an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University in comparative politics and a BA from Pitzer College in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Park has published extensively in academic journals; is regularly consulted by the media, other scholars, and graduate students on Chinese in Africa; and has become a much sought-after speaker on these topics.