Down and Out in Saigon

Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City

Haydon Cherry

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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.

"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

Down and Out in Saigon 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

Down and Out in Saigon represents a significant scholarly achievement within the fields of Vietnamese studies, Asian history, and urban studies. . . . Readers from all background . . . will find much of value within the book.”—Timothy Karis, Pacific Affairs

"Through a diligent reading of sources, including statistics, letters, official reports, and travelers' accounts, Cherry pieces together a stunning, comprehensive social image of Saigon. . .an all-encompassing tableau of how complex poverty in colonial Saigon was."—Michèle Bacholle, French Review
ISBN: 9780300218251
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
280 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
9 b/w illus.