Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network

Yoon Jung 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 and national identity construction and new Chinese migrants on the continent. She is the Convener/Coordinator of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network at the China-Africa Knowledge Project.

Park earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of the Witwatersrand and, prior to that, received an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University in comparative politics and a B.A. from Pitzer College in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She 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.

Last Updated: December 2, 2014

As Economy Worsens, Chinese Migrants in Africa Confront New Challenges

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Thousands of Chinese migrants who settled in Africa over the past 10 years now face mounting uncertainty as economic growth slows across the continent and back home in China. While there are no reliable estimates as to how many Chinese migrants...

Who Are the Chinese in Africa?

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Some say the number of Chinese in Africa now exceeds one million people; some even go as high as two million. Although no one has a precise accounting of just how many Chinese migrants now live on the continent, there is no doubt their numbers are...

A Career in China-Africa Research

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Dr. Yoon Jung Park is among the most well-known Sino-Africa scholars in the field. 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-...