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1. Willa Dong, “Sex Work and Mental Health in Shenzhen China”

February 16, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join the Carolina Asia Center for the second installment in the “Tea & Talk” series. Sandwiches and bubble tea will be served.

Based on eight months of fieldwork in Shenzhen, a special economic zone in China, this talk will describe female sex workers’ mental health challenges in the context of stigma, economic development and gender. The logistical, methodological and ethical issues that arise when doing global fieldwork will also be discussed.

Willa Dong is a second-year doctoral student in health behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Prior to entering the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked as a research fellow at the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and as a research assistant at the Shenzhen Center for Chronic Disease Control. Dong also received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2009 to study rural women’s access to prenatal care in northern China. She earned her master’s degree in international health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree from University of California-Berkeley in public health.


February 16, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm