Université catholique de Louvain, Laboratoire d'anthropologie prospective (LAAP), Post-Doc
Institute for the Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies (IACCHOS), Researcher
Chenna Wang holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Her doctoral dissertation examined how the overseas Chinese built their own life and career in Belgium. This research was focused on the analysis of "borderless daigou (代购) consumption". It describes the phenomenon of daigou in Belgium and worldwide, analyses the living and working conditions of individual digital entrepreneurs (daigou-ers), explores the "global daigou system", and suggests a new e-commerce concept: the "D2C" (Daigou to Consumer) consumption model. In the framework of this research, I collaborated with 2 academic foreign institutions as a visiting scholar: the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (2019), and the University of Trento’s Department of Sociology and Social Research (2018). For more information about my thesis, please see
I am currently a postdoc at the Laboratoire d'anthropologie prospective (LAAP), and a researcher at the Institute for the Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies (IACCHOS). I am also a permanent assistant professor at the School of International Relations, Xi'an International Studies University (XISU), China.
My main research areas are in overseas Chinese, economic anthropology, qualitative methods and ethnography, digital anthropology, and the evaluation of social policies.
From 2009 to 2015, I studied anthropology at Yunnan University (China) and Minzu University of China. My MA dissertation in anthropology was awarded the Outstanding Master Thesis Prize of Yunnan Province, China in 2014. This research investigated the mobility and economic status of Naxi ethnic minority taxi drivers in Lijiang Ancient City (Yunnan Province) facing modernization. It puts forward the concept of "seasonal minority labor migration" and explores issues such as the integration of ethnic minority labor into cities.
As a young scholar with great enthusiasm for anthropology, I have conducted extensive fieldwork, which is crucial to the understanding of human culture and behavior. For example, during my master's studies in anthropology, I have been paying close attention to the issue of Chinese minority migration among ethnic groups such as the Yugu, Naxi, Azha, Hani, and Wa ethnic groups. My fieldwork brought me to various areas of China (Yunnan, Gansu, Beijing, Sichuan, Taiwan, Tibet), as well as to five countries in Southeast Asia adjacent to or bordering Yunnan Province (Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia), and the Middle East (Egypt, UAE).
In 2016, I obtained a 4-years grant from the Chinese Scholarship Council for Scientific Research (CSC) to carry out my second doctoral degree in the continuity of this previous project. During my study at the Université Catholique de Louvain as a Ph.D. candidate, I did multi-sited fieldwork among Daigou-ers (Chinese overseas new migrants) in Belgium, the UK, France, UAE, Australia, and the US. Among them, I used the auto-ethnography method and worked as a daigou-er for 3 years (2016-2019). For the above fieldwork, I have received financial support from a number of prestigious funds and institutions, such as the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), the China Fieldwork Fund, the China Overseas Fieldwork Fund, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation (Taiwan), and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Japan and China), etc.
During my master's and Ph.D. study in China, I also worked as a management trainee at the New Oriental Education Technology Group, where I stayed for 6 years as a part-time teacher (2010-2016). Between 2015 and 2022, I was also working as a research officer and visiting researcher in multiple institutions, including Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing Local Chronicles Compilation Committee, and Minzu University of China.
In 2018, I became a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), to reward the contributions towards the conservation of cultural fragments from ethnic minorities in China that are on the brink of extinction. In 2019, I founded the Consulting Management Co., Ltd., with the aim of facilitating cultural, economic, academic, and study exchanges and cooperation between China and Belgium. Since April 2022, I am trying to promote academic exchanges and cooperation between China and Belgium, such as building an agreement between Xi'an International Studies University (XISU) and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) to create possibilities for research exchange stays between the two universities. I am currently applying for the international organization reserve talent training project (a global organization internship program for students majoring in anthropology) from China Scholarship Council, etc. In future research, I hope to make some achievements in the above sections.