Cross-Currents, June 2015

"(…) the book operates as an accumulation of stories, which makes it a valuable depiction of middle-class women as they navigate the structures of gender and class in the city.

(…) she introduces readers to intimate portraits of individual women, whose life stories inform her interpretation of middle-class aspiration in the city.

"(…) the book operates as an accumulation of stories, which makes it a valuable depiction of middle-class women as they navigate the structures of gender and class in the city.

(…) she introduces readers to intimate portraits of individual women, whose life stories inform her interpretation of middle-class aspiration in the city.

Earl instructively links the focus on education to a longer history of women’s strategies for advancement in postcolonial Saigon, which she reads through a careful analysis of women’s memoirs."

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