Living the Dream: Settler Responses to Colonial Indochina

Nikki Cooper

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From the late nineteenth century onwards the French were encouraged to emigrate to Indochina. In a variety of media – official propaganda, commercial advertising and literary and cultural representations – Indochina tended to be portrayed as a glamorous, prosperous, and therefore desirable destination, particularly in comparison with France’s other, more ‘barbaric’ colonial possessions. Settler narratives however, provide a counterpoint to these idealized representations of Indochina, and tend instead to focus upon Indochina’s perceived immorality, its insalubrity, and the debilitating effects it has on both the physical and psychological well-being of the European settler.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-90
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Romance Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005

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Print ISSN: 1473-3536
Online ISSN: 1752-2331


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