Cornell University

Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty series

Ivan V. Small, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University

Remittances from the Vietnamese diaspora have played an important role in  Vietnam’s post Cold War economic development, providing important inputs to a r ange of  household spending areas, from education to health care. In the case of Vietnam, however,  remittances are also caught up with memories and traumas of war, betrayal, separation and  exodus. Conceptually examining remittances as money, but also gifts, this talk illustrates  how Vietnam’s particular postwar refugee and remittance histories and channels exacerbate  inherent contradictions in the mobile flows of finance, people and goods across borders that define globalization. The observable qualitative c orrelation between remittance reception  and desires for out - migration contributes to affective migratory cultures in which the  consumption patterns afforded by remittances may be displaced into a variety of  unexpected areas, with unintended effects.


Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, Department of Government, and Department of Anthropology.

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