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- DescriptionThis captivating ethgraphy explores Vietnam's sex industry as the country ascends the global and regional stage. Over the course of five years, author Kimberly Kay Hoang worked at four exclusive Saigon hostess bars catering to diverse clientele: wealthy local Vietnamese and Asian businessmen, Viet Kieus (ethnic Vietnamese living abroad), Western businessmen, and Western budget - tourists. Dealing in Desire takes an in-depth and often personal look at both the sex workers and their clients to show how Vietnamese high finance and benevolent giving are connected to the intimate spheres of the informal ecomy. For the domestic super-elite who use the levers of political power to channel foreign capital into real estate and manufacturing projects, conspicuous consumption is a means of projecting an image of Asian ascendancy to potential investors. For Viet Kieus and Westerners who bring remittances into the local ecomy, personal relationships with local sex workers reinforce their ideas of Asia's rise and Western decline, while simultaneously bolstering their diminished masculinity. Dealing in Desire illuminates Ho Chi Minh City's sex industry as t just a microcosm of the global ecomy, but a critical space where dreams and deals are traded.
- Author BiographyKimberly Kay Hoang is Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago.
- Author(s)Kimberly Kay Hoang
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication06/03/2015
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note4 line, 2 b/w
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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