Yidong Gong

I am a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology and a Doctoral Scholar with Duke Global Health Institute, with research interests in medical anthropology, global health, medical humanities, humanitarianism, socialism and post-socialism, colonialism and post-colonialism. I have made a number of research visits to South Sudan and Africa’s Horn and Great Lakes regions. Before coming to Duke, I was an award-winning investigative journalist with Xinhua News Agency in China.

Current Research Interests

My research project offers a thorough examination of China’s longstanding yet critically neglected medical programs in South (southern) Sudan from the 1970s to the present, providing new insights into contemporary medical humanitarian programs in conflict-ridden/post-conflict African countries. I study China’s approach to medical aid and business in this conflict zone and show how Chinese medical professionals’ expertise, techniques and ethics have been reconfigured by the crisis setting. I also compare the ethical implications of China’s approach with those of current humanitarian aid and global health programs. In doing so, I will suggest new possibilities for medical care, post-conflict stabilization and peace in both South Sudan and Africa at large.

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