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Yeon Jung Yu
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2009-10, Anthropology

Yeon Jung Yu is working on her dissertation "Social Networks and Social Capital of Female Sex Workers (FSWs) in China: New Techniques for Studying Marginalized Populations at Risk." In order to map the social networks and measure the social capital of Female Sex Workers (FSWs), largely migrants from rural areas, Yu has conducted two years of ethnographic fieldwork in southern China. Since the commercial sex work population is a major reservoir for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), her research will provide a new lens through which epidemiological studies of STDs can be viewed. As the first ethnographic project mapping the social networks of FSWs in China, her project will further contribute to the discourse on contemporary women, family, morality and ethics, migration, post-socialism, and neo-liberalism in China.