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A Career in China-Africa Research

Dr. Yoon Jung Park is among the most well-known Sino-Africa scholars in the field. Dr. Park has taught and done research on China-African affairs for over 20 years at universities in both the U.S. and Africa. Now based in Washington D.C., where she co-founded the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China research network, Dr. Park reflects on the challenges and opportunities of pursuing an academic career in Sino-African studies.

About Yoon Jung Park
Consultant_2014_Park_Yoon-2Dr. 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.

About the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network
ca-ac-logo-300x100The Chinese in Africa/Africans in China (CA/AC) Research Network is the only independent and international China-Africa platform for real-time discussions, interactive debates, and insightful knowledge-sharing. Our mission is to spearhead cutting-edge research, vibrant deliberations and the exchange of ideas about China-Africa issues by supporting a focused and rapidly growing global network of international scholars, students, journalists, and practitioners.

We stimulate discussions about all facets of the growing ties between Chinese and Africans, focusing especially on people-centered issues. We organize academic events and facilitate participation in international conferences for Network members and other experts. We also collaborate on publications and offer knowledge, experience, and expertise to a wider interested public.

Click here to submit a request to join the network’s Google group that was referenced in the show.

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