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Black Market BusinessSelling Sex in Northern Vietnam, 1920-1945$
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Christina Elizabeth Firpo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752650.001.0001

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Ả Đào Singers

Ả Đào Singers

New Ways to Police Female Performance Art

(p.136) Chapter 5 Ả Đào Singers
Black Market Business

Christina Elizabeth Firpo

Cornell University Press

This chapter is a study of the sale of sex in ả Đào singing houses, a form of female performance art dating back to the fourteenth century. In its twentieth-century iteration, sex work in ả Đào singing houses appealed to those with a taste for traditional culture in an era of dynamic cultural change. The success of clandestine sex work in ả Đào venues lay in the ability of sex workers and their managers to capitalize on both the sensuality inherent to this genre of female performance art and the legitimacy associated with a revered traditional art form. The result was that ả Đào venues operated as ambiguous spaces that blurred the traditional lines separating art, sex, and commerce.

Keywords:   ả Đào singing house, ả Đào singers, female performance art, traditional culture, clandestine sex work, sex workers, traditional art form

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