Down and Out in Saigon Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City Haydon Cherry

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
09 Jul 2019
ISBN:
9780300218251
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
280 pages: 235 x 156 x 22mm
Illustrations:
9 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

A moving portrait of the lives of six poor city-dwellers, set in early twentieth century colonial Saigon
 
Historian Haydon Cherry offers the first comprehensive social history of the urban poor of colonial French Saigon by following the lives of six individuals—a prostitute, a Chinese laborer, a rickshaw puller, an orphan, an incurable invalid, and a destitute Frenchman—and how they navigated the ups and downs of the regional rice trade and the institutions of French colonial rule in the first half of the twentieth century.
 
Down and Out in Saigon is marked by three qualities that endow it with unusual value: the originality of its subject matter, as the first and only history of colonial Saigon’s poor population, the excellence of its research, and Cherry’s elegant prose.”—Peter B. Zinoman, University of California, Berkeley
 
“This is more than a corrective of revolutionary historiography—it is a tour de force that brings marginal and forgotten lives into the story of modern Vietnamese history.”—Charles Keith, author of Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation
 

Haydon Cherry is assistant professor of history at Northwestern University.