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Lessons For South Africa From China’s Tech Hub in Shenzhen

As South African policymakers plot their country’s economic revival from the past several years of worsening economic crisis, boosting the country’s tech industry is going to play a pivotal role in their plans. Grace Yuehan Wang, a researcher at the South African National Research Foundation and a postdoctoral scholar at Stellenbosch University says China’s mega technology hub Shenzhen could offer some valuable insights.

Plus, CAP’s Francophone Editor Geraud Neema joins us to discuss the 20-year prison sentence that was handed down to a Chinese national for brutally beating a Rwandan employee last year.

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About Grace Yuehan Wang:

Dr. Grace Yuehan Wang is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science, and Technology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She is a South African National Research Foundation, Department of Science and Innovation grant holder. Dr. Wang obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and was the prestigious Wallis Annenberg Chair Fellow in Communication, Technology, and Society for two years. Previously, she studied at Boston University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She was also a visiting researcher to Media Law and Policy program at the Oxford University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbour. Dr. Wang’s research concerns development, innovation, and entrepreneurship (with a focus on the Global South), migration, global communication, and gender. She is currently working on her book project examining how Shenzhen, China’s first Special Economic Zone, has evolved from a fishing village to a global technology innovation center.

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