This essay discusses leprosy patients’ lived realities during the transformation of Quy Hòa, a former Catholic-run leprosarium in south central Vietnam, from a religious care center into a state socialist institution. The change in leprosy care resulted in a radically divergent experience in which subjectivities were reshaped by socialist citizenship amid rampant poverty. Meanwhile, hard physical labor for economic survival, one prominent feature of this period, significantly disfigured bodies already afflicted by leprosy, rendering bodily loss a mnemonic for this memorable era.
Once Bodies Have Remembered: Lived Experience, the Body, and Citizenship Under Vietnamese State Leprosy Care during the Subsidy Period (1975–1986)
Le Hoang Ngoc Yen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. Research for this article was conducted as part of the author’s PhD project in anthropology at the Australian National University.
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Le Hoang Ngoc Yen; Once Bodies Have Remembered: Lived Experience, the Body, and Citizenship Under Vietnamese State Leprosy Care during the Subsidy Period (1975–1986). Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 November 2018; 13 (4): 48–70. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2018.13.4.48
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