(Yale University Press, 2019)
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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 poor Frenchman—and how they navigated the various institutions of colonial French rule in the first half of the twentieth century.
“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, Michigan State University
Haydon Cherry is assistant professor of history at Northwestern University.