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Title: A trafficking 'not-spot' in a China-Vietnam border town
Contributor(s): Zhang, Juan  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: In April 2009, a bittersweet love story set in the China-Vietnam border town of Hekou hit major cinemas across China. 'Red River' tells the tale of Ah Tao, a 17-year-old innocent Vietnamese girl, and a middle-aged Chinese hustler, Ah Xia. The film's main protagonist, Ah Tao, was persuaded to work in the massage parlour-cum-brothel that her aunt had opened in Hekou. Like her aunt, she crossed the Red River and entered Hekou in China's Yunnan province illegally by boat. She worked in her aunt's parlour as a cleaner and a masseuse for a while until she was enticed by Ah Xia to work in his street-side mobile karaoke stall singing duets with Chinese customers, who would ogle at her youthful beauty. Ah Tao and Ah Xia gradually fall in love but are then parted by circumstances. In many ways, Ah Tao's story is just another tale about the struggles that a Vietnamese migrant worker faces when living in a Chinese border town: she leaves home in search of wealth and opportunity in a foreign country and ends up in undesirable jobs, her dreams unsatisfied. However, her story could also be framed within the discourse of human trafficking.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives, p. 95-111
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780415665636
Field of Research (FOR): 160101 Anthropology of Development
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series
Series Number : 44
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