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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 Muse of the Dispensary Girls

The Muse of the Dispensary Girls

(p.48) 2 The Muse of the Dispensary Girls
Luc Xì

Vũ Trọng Phụng

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts Vũ Trọng Phụng's meeting with the director of the Dispensary, Dr. Joyeux, wherein he asked for permission to enter the Dispensary in order to investigate prostitution and venereal disease. During the meeting, Phụng asked why the Annamese call the Dispensary the “Lục Xì.” According to Dr. Joyeux, “the Dispensary is not a place where courtesans who have diseases are confined like prisoners, but is instead a place where those who have no money can have their diseases treated, and one does not have to be a prostitute to be treated there.” He also said that “the expression Lục Xì creates greater complications for the public hygiene problem, even though the Dispensary is a place you cannot do without, and inside it the government is doing only what is beneficial to the courtesans.”

Keywords:   Vũ Trọng Phụng, Dispensary, Dr. Joyeux, Annamese, Lục Xì, public hygiene problem, courtesans

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