Harper Lecture with Kimberly Kay Hoang: Dealing in Desire: Intimacy and Economic Transactions

2:00–4:00 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong


Event Details

  • 2:00 p.m. Registration and networking
  • 2:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
  • 3:30 p.m. Reception

Featured Faculty
Kimberly Kay Hoang is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, focusing on economic sociology, globalization, gender, and qualitative methods. Her honors include the National Women Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, along with numerous awards from the American Sociological Association.

As Vietnam finds its place on the global stage, physical intimacy has become a vital form of currency in its economic relations. To write her book Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, sociologist Kimberly Kay Hoang worked as a bartender and hostess for five years in Ho Chi Minh City. The result is an ethnographic study of the stratified sex industry, taking an in-depth and often personal look at sex workers and their clients. Examining the industry from a regional and ultimately international perspective, Hoang will discuss her book and the interconnections of high finance, charitable giving to sex workers, and the intimate spheres of the informal economy.

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