Yiwei YANG

PhD candidate in Chinese Studies, admitted in 2021
MPhil Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
MA Comparative and Public History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BSocSc, European Studies (French), Minor in Finance, Hong Kong Baptist University

I researched on the livelihood and identity of Mainland professionals in Hong Kong for my MPhil thesis, and I intend to pursue my doctoral research on the Mainland-Hong Kong insurance business. This emerging insurance business responds to Chinese urban citizens’ craving needs for global flexibility and financial security. I will use ethnographic research to understand how the mainland Chinese middle class utilizes Hong Kong’s unique economic and political position within the “One Country Two Systems” framework to obtain cross-border mobility. Since this insurance business is currently under challenge due to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am also interested in exploring how the Chinese middle class form new strategies to hedge risks in times of uncertainty.

Current Research Projects

Hong Kong-Mainland Cross-border Insurance business and the Chinese Middle Class