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Luc Xì: Prostitution and Venereal Disease in Colonial Hanoi

Vu Trong Phung


What does it mean when a city of 180,000 people has more than 5,000 women working as prostitutes? This question frames Vũ Trọng Phụng's 1937 classic reportage Lục Xì. In the late 1930s, Hanoi had a burgeoning commercial sex industry that involved thousands of people and hundreds of businesses. It was the center of the city's nightlife and the source of suffering, violence, exploitation, and a venereal disease epidemic. For Phụng, a popular writer and intellectual, it also raised disturbing questions about the state of Vietnamese society and culture and whether his country really was “progressi ... More

Keywords: prostitutes, Vũ Trọng Phụng, Hanoi, sex industry, Vietnamese society, colonialism, prostitution, venereal disease, Vietnam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834678
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vu Trong Phung, author