Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

(64) Vietnam's Modern Underworlds

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Wilson B, Mezzanine Level

This panel examines Vietnam’s modernization through its underworlds, focusing on mining, prostitution, and crime. Collectively, the panelists aim to provide a more complete historical picture by illuminating how these shadow economies influenced the formation of twentieth- and twenty-first century Vietnam. The panel explores how economies produced by insecurity and survival instincts transform codes of conduct and identities surrounding sex and gender.

While all panelists have demonstrated expertise in and commitment to the field of Vietnam studies, we work in different disciplines, approaching the underworld through various methodologies and archives. Thuy Linh Nguyen works with colonial and corporate archives, while Ben Tran examines the crude language and literature of a south Vietnamese veteran. Nguyen Quoc Vinh takes a multimedia approach to explore the theoretical underpinnings of same-sex relationships and modern policing, while Christina Firpo visualizes the boundaries of prostitution’s underworld through GIS mapping. Ken MacLean has committed to serving as chair and discussant. He recently finished a manuscript on human trafficking between Vietnam and China, delving into contemporary materials on sex and crime.

The papers call into question how the economies of the underworld contradict and challenge Vietnam’s Marxist ideology and, equally significant, how these informal economies anticipated Vietnam’s contemporary market socialism.

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Ben V. Tran

Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

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Christina Firpo

California Polytechnic State University, California

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Ken MacLean

Clark University, Massachusetts

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Ben V. Tran

Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

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Christina Firpo

California Polytechnic State University, California

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Thuy Linh Nguyen

Mount Saint Mary College, New York

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Quoc Vinh Nguyen

Harvard University, Massachusetts

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Ken MacLean

Clark University, Massachusetts

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