Yan Hairong

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her intellectual interests include labor, gender, rurality, rural-urban relations, and collective and cooperative rural economy. Her earlier research focused on rural-to-urban migrant domestic workers in urban China, allowing her to examine the transformation in rural-urban relations, gender relations and class relations in China’s reform process. She is the author of New Masters, New Servants: Migration, Development, and Women Workers in China (Duke University Press, 2008). She has been collaborating with Barry Sautman on China-Africa links and has co-authored East Mountain Tiger, West Mountain Tiger: China, Africa, the West and “Colonialism” (Maryland Monograph Series in Contemporary Asian Studies, no. 186) and, in Chinese, China in Africa: Discourse and Practices (Beijing: shehui kexue chubanshe, 2017). In recent years, she has become concerned with food sovereignty and agrarian change in China. She publishes in the Journal of Peasant Studies and the Journal of Agrarian Change and contributes to the food sovereignty network in China.