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The Policeman as Urban Ethnographer: Tracking Down the Poor in Colonial Saigon  (Academic)

Haydon Cherry is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Yale University. Originally from New Zealand, he studied Southeast Asian Studies (B.A. (Hons.)) and History (M.A.) at the National University of Singapore before arriving in the United States in 2004.
This talk discusses the value of colonial police records for writing the history of the urban poor in Saigon. It explores issues of population change and crimes of poverty in the city during the colonial period; the relationship that developed between French criminology and physical anthropology; and the ways in which certain police records might be fruitfully compared to ethnographic texts.


Location: Berkey Hall, Room 466
Price: free
Sponsor: Asian Studies Center