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The Uprooted

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780824847579
Author(s): Christina Elizabeth Firpo
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Dimensions: 152 x 0 x 229 (w x l x h)
Pages: 288
Series: Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning and Memory

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For over a century French officials in Indochina systematically uprooted metis children-those born of Southeast Asian mothers and white, African, or Indian fathers-from their homes. In many cases, and for a wide range of reasons-death, divorce, the end of a romance, a return to France, or because the birth was the result of rape-the father had left the child in the mother's care. Although the program succeeded in rescuing homeless children from life on the streets, for those in their mothers' care it was disastrous. Citing an 1889 French law and claiming that raising children in the Southeast Asian cultural milieu was tantamount to abandonment, colonial officials sought permanent, 'protective' custody of the children, placing them in state-run orphanages or educational institutions to be transformed into 'little Frenchmen.' The Uprooted offers an in-depth investigation of the colony's child-removal program: the motivations behind it, reception of it, and resistance to it. Metis children, Eurasians in particular, were seen as a threat on multiple fronts-colonial security, white French dominance, and the colonial gender order.
Officials feared that abandoned metis might become paupers or prostitutes, thereby undermining white prestige. Metis were considered particularly vulnerable to the lure of anticolonialist movements-their ambiguous racial identity and outsider status, it was th
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