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The Uprooted: Race, Children, and Imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980

Christina Elizabeth Firpo


This book explores the untold history of the removal of métis [mixed-race] children from their Vietnamese, Cambodian and Lao mothers as part of a colonial plan to reproduce the French race in Vietnam. Throughout the colonial period and, on a lesser scale, the postcolonial period, French child welfare organizations conducted extensive searches of the Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Lao countryside for métis children who had been abandoned by their French fathers. Because these children had been raised without French cultural influence, authorities deemed them legally “abandoned” and separated them f ... More

Keywords: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indochina, Race, Imperialism, Children, Motherhood, France, orphan, métis, whiteness, Jules Brevie Foundation, gender, FOEFI

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824847579
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824847579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Elizabeth Firpo, author
California Polytechnic State University