Zhang Yun

Associate Professor, Niigata University

Zhang Yun is an associate professor at the National Niigata University in Japan. He obtained a PhD in law from Peking University and a PhD in international relations from Waseda University. His research expertise includes China-Japan-US trilateral relations, Chinese politics and diplomacy, international relations in the Asia Pacific, and international relations theory. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a visiting scholar for Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a research fellow at Center for Global Governance of Peking University, a researcher at the Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs of the Federation of Japanese Business (Keidanren), a nonresident senior fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University, and a research fellow at National University of Singapore (NUS). His latest book is Sino-Japanese Relations in a Trilateral Context: Origins of Misperception (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). He is a columnist for Lianhe Zaobao, where he regularly publishes articles on international relations. He also serves as an invited commentator for Phoenix TV.

With the Asian giant being the world’s second largest economy, no one today will call it a weak country. Yet, the yellow peril ideology does not seem to have disappeared. In this photo taken on 27 January 2020, a woman wearing a protective mask looks on at the Beijing railway station in Beijing. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

From ‘yellow peril’ to sinophobia

Zhang Yun, associate professor at Japan’s Niigata University, observes how the “yellow peril” of old persists in the current jaundiced views of China amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.