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[Event] BelMix Seminar Series 2024 (I): 4

Exploring Belgian-Laotian Couples

Navigating Transnational Stereotypes: Insights into the Emotional Dynamics of Belgian-Laotian Couples

by Mimy Keomanichanh (Université libre de Bruxelles/LAMC)

Date: Monday 13 May 2024, 11am – 1pm (Brussels Time).
Venue: Room S.15.215 (Building S, 15th floor)

Campus Solbosch, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Avenue Jeanne 44, Bruxelles 1050

AND also live streamed online via Zoom


This presentation delves into the emotional experiences of Belgian-Laotian couples residing in both Belgium and Laos, exploring the impact of “transnational stereotypes” on their dynamics. Drawing from semi-structured in-depth interviews, the study contextualizes these stereotypes and examines their influence on the emotional states of the couples. Furthermore, it investigates how the social class of each partner, linked to their respective country of residence, shapes these emotional experiences. Through a nuanced analysis, this research sheds light on the complex interplay between transnational identities, stereotypes, and emotional well-being within multicultural relationships.


Mimy Keomanichanh is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Laboratory of Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds (LAMC) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Her doctoral research focuses on conjugal mixedness through the lens of emotion among Belgian-Laotian couples living in Belgium and Laos.

[Congratulations] Cai Chen awarded Subside Vladimir ORLOFF (2023-2024)

Many congratulations on our PhD researcher, Cai Chen‘s recent award for Subside Vladimir ORLOFF (2023-2024) by the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the ULB. This subsidy will support him in partially publishing the preliminary results of his PhD thesis in the form of a book chapter titled “Chinese in DR Congo: Reciprocal Migration, Conjugal Mixedness, and Power Inequalities”, which will be part of the edited volume “Handbook of Chinese Migration to the Middle East and Africa”. 

The award ceremony is scheduled for May 6, 2024. The aforementioned publication will also benefit from the publication subsidy from the Research Department of the ULB.

Also if you are interested, click here to read Cai’s blog posts about his fieldwork in Congo.