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Luc XìProstitution and Venereal Disease in Colonial Hanoi$
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Vu Trong Phung

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834678

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834678.001.0001

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The Authorities’ Perspective

The Authorities’ Perspective

(p.106) 10 The Authorities’ Perspective
Luc Xì

Vũ Trọng Phụng

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at the prostitution problem in the authorities' perspective, those who have had the responsibility of protecting the races—both French and Vietnamese. The authorities have separated the female prostitutes into two categories: those of the yellow-skinned races and those of the white-skinned race. Those of the yellow-skinned group have been further differentiated to prostitutes with papers, clandestine prostitutes, singers, dancing girls in the dance halls, and women married to Frenchmen. Outside of a few girls who have papers, there are countless others who regard themselves as geishas. They work at large hotels and receive clients only of their own race. Regarding the causes of the prostitution scourge, all of the authorities have condemned the surge of materialism, meaning the Westernization of male and female young people.

Keywords:   prostitution, prostitutes, geishas, materialism, Westernization

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