Dr Jian Yang has been a National List MP since 2011.
Jian’s entry into Parliament follows a distinguished academic career. He was previously a Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Auckland and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty of Arts and Director of the China Studies Centre at the New Zealand Asia Institute.
He was also Chair of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) from 2002 until 2011, after serving as its deputy chair in 2001. The NZIIA is an independent, non-profit making organisation.
Jian completed his tertiary education in China before receiving his MA and PhD in International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU). He came to the University of Auckland in March 1999.
As a regular commentator on international and domestic affairs for local Chinese media, Jian is well known and respected amongst the Chinese community in New Zealand.
Jian is an active part of the National Party Ethnic Communities Caucus Committee. Like many Chinese New Zealanders, Jian shares the values of the National Party, particularly equal citizenship and equal opportunity, individual freedom and choice, personal responsibility, and reward for achievement. As a father of two children, he wants to provide a safe and prosperous environment for his kids to grow up.
At Parliament, Jian has been Chair of the Education and Science Select Committee, Deputy Chair of the Health Select Committee, a member of the Commerce Select Committee, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee, and Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee. He was also a Parliamentary Private Secretary for Ethnic Communities in the 51st Parliament. He is currently a member of the Governance and Administration Select Committee and is the National Party’s spokesperson for Statistics and Associate Spokesperson for Ethnic Communities.