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Yoon Jung Park

  • Campus Location: Washington DC


China-Africa Specialist
Executive Director, Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network
Adjunct Professor, African Studies, Georgetown University

Dr. Yoon Jung Park is an international scholar and a leader in growing field of China/Africa studies. Her work sits at the intersections of migration studies, African and China studies, work on the Global South, and identity studies. Her research focuses on ethnic Chinese in southern Africa and perceptions of Chinese people by local communities, centering on migration, race/ ethnicity/identity, race/class/power, gender, affirmative action, and xenophobia. Dr Park is the author of A Matter of Honour. Being Chinese in South Africa (Jacana/Lexington Books) and dozens of articles and book chapters in scholarly publications including, African Studies Review, African Studies, African & Asian Studies, the Journal of Chinese Overseas, Transformation, and Les Temps Modernes. She is currently working on her second book on Chinese migrants in Africa.

She has affiliations at the Sociology Department at Rhodes University (South Africa), African Studies at Georgetown University (Washington, DC), and the China-Africa Research Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS-CARI). She is also co-founder and executive director of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China (CA/AC) Research Network, an international network of scholars, researchers, graduate students, journalists, filmmakers and practitioners.

Dr. Park was born in Seoul; grew up in Los Angeles; lived much of her adult life in Johannesburg and Nairobi; and is currently based in the greater Washington, DC area. She has also lived in Cuernavaca (Mexico), Boston, San Jose (Costa Rica). She speaks fluent English and Spanish, kitchen Korean, and smatterings of Kiswahili and IsiZulu. Her work reflects her long residence in Africa, her multiple (heart)homes, and her layered identities.