Jian Yang (politician)

Jian Yang
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National party list
Personal details
Born 1961/1962 (age 54–55)
Political party National Party
Occupation Academic
Website http://www.jianyang.co.nz/

Jian Yang (Chinese name: 杨健, Yáng Jiàn) is a Chinese-New Zealand international relations academic, politician and a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. He is a member of the National Party.

Early life

Yang grew up in southern China, earned his MA and PhD in international relations from the Australian National University.[1]

In 1999 Yang joined the University of Auckland as a Senior Lecturer in Political Studies.[2]

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
20112014 50th List 36 National
2014present 51st List 33 National

Yang was ranked at 36 on the National Party list for the 2011 New Zealand general election. He was the highest ranked new candidate on the list and was seen as a replacement for Pansy Wong, a Chinese MP who had resigned since the last election.[1]


  1. 1 2 Looking beyond the 'token' tag New Zealand Herald, 2 November 2011
  2. Faculty of Arts - Arts Faculty Office artsfaculty.auckland.ac.nz
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