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Research fellow, University of Pretoria

Yu-Shan is a Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria. She co-edited the book 'South Africa–China Relations: A Partnership of Paradoxes', Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 (1st edition).

She was previously a Research Associate at the Africa–China Reporting Project (ACRP), Department of Journalism, University of Witwatersrand. She also undertook research on foreign policy issues at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), between 2010 and 2017.

Yu-Shan completed her PhD (International Relations) at the University of Pretoria in early 2019. She is a qualified Yoga teacher.


  • 2018–present
    Research associate, Africa China Reporting Project
  • 2017–present
    Research associate, South African Institute of International Affairs
  • 2016–2017
    senior researcher, South African Institute of International Affairs
  • 2010–2015
    researcher, South African Institute of International Affairs


  • 2011 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Masters: International Relations


  • 2016
    South African foreign policy and China: converging visions, competing interests, contested identities, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics
  • 2016
    China’s Media and Public Diplomacy Approach in Africa: Illustrations from South Africa, Communication Journal of China
  • 2015
    #MadeinAfrica: How China-Africa relations take on new meaning thanks to digital communication , How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations
  • 2014
    CCTV's global outreach: Examining the audiences of China's new voice on Africa, Media International Australia
  • 2013
    The Political and Diplomatic Implications of Social Media: the Cases of China and South Africa, African East-Asian Affairs (The China Monitor)