Southeast Asia Studies Seminar Program
The MacMillan Center at Yale University
Dec 5 , 2012

"Chasing the Dragon: Sex, Finance, and Masculinities in Vietnam's New Global Economy"
Kimberly Kay Hoang, Program in Poerty, Justice and Human Capabilities at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University


Kimberly Hoang is a sociologist and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities at the Center for the Study of Women Gender and Sexuality and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. She will join the Department of Sociology and the International Studies Program as an Assistant Professor at Boston College in 2013. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, her M.A. from the Department of Sociology at Stanford University in 2006, and her B.A. from the Communication and ASAM Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005.

Kimberly is currently working on two book projects related to issues of globalization, migration, and sex work. Her first book titled, Chasing the Dragon: Sex and Finance in Vietnam's New Global Economy, is a monograph based on 22 months of ethnographic research between 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam's global sex industry. She worked as a bartender and hostess analyzing four different bars that cater to wealthy local Vietnamese men and their Asian business partners, overseas Vietnamese men living in the diaspora, Western businessmen, and Western budget travelers. The second book project titled, Human Trafficking: Migration and Forced Labor, is an edited volume commissioned by Open Society that she is co-authoring with Professor Rhacel Parreans.

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