Born to a rural peasant farm in the PPC. Chen began working on collective farms. He became a very good agrarian over the time. At age twenty, he left the farms to find easy work in Harbin. There he began series of odd jobs working in Russia, and later in Eastern Europe. He later soon found himself in Chernarus. He worked in a steel mill until the infection hit. Chen Wu sought refuge in camps where he improved his connection with other Chinese nationals. He later took what he could from the camp and left.