Featuring Kimberly Kay Hoang

As Vietnam finds its place on the global stage, physical intimacy has become a vital form of currency in its economic relations. To write her book Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, sociologist Kimberly Kay Hoang worked as a bartender and hostess for five years in Ho Chi Minh City. The result is an ethnographic study of the stratified sex industry, taking an in-depth and often personal look at sex workers and their clients. Examining the industry from a regional and ultimately international perspective, Hoang will discuss her book and the interconnections of high finance, charitable giving to sex workers, and the intimate spheres of the informal economy.

Contact harperlectures@uchicago.edu or 773.702.7788.

Event Details

5:15p.m.  Networking and Reception
6:00 p.m.  Presentation

Featured Faculty


Kimberly Kay Hoang is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago and currently a 2016–17 Fulbright Global Award Scholar and Social Science Research Council Fellow. Dealing in Desire has been awarded six distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association, National Women’s Studies Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Buy Hoang’s book Dealing in Desire or read more about her work.