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FT-58452-11

Christina E. Firpo
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-9000)

"Abandoned" Children: The Crises in Racial Patriarchy and Eurasian Children in Colonial Indochina 1890-1956

I am applying for support for two months of research in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, to revise two chapters of my book manuscript "Abandoned" Children: The Crises in Racial Patriarchy and Eurasian Children in Colonial Indochina 1890-1956. This project will explore the social, political, and cultural reasons behind the French colonial government-led searches of the remote countryside for fatherless bi-racial children. I ask why did the colonial government remove--often by violent force--the children from their Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian mothers. I argue that the removals can be understood within a context of multiple perceived crises in the racial patriarchy. This project contributes to the study of humanities insofar as it focuses on contested identities, examining them in the context of the reproduction of race and nation as well as the process of governance. In effect, it is a case study that speaks to the tensions and conundrums of globalization and hybridity.

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2011 – 8/31/2011