Reaching new heights : state legibility in Sa Pa, a Vietnam Hill Station

Authors: Michaud, Jean; Turner, Sarah
Abstract: In this paper we analyze the recent acceleration of tourism in the historical hill station of Sa Pa Town and District, in Lào Cai Province, northern Vietnam. The article builds on debates concerning state efforts to increase legibility in a frontier area, modernity at the state’s margins, and critiques of mass tourism in socialist Vietnam. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork since 1995, we examine the state's modernist project for Sa Pa, exploring the roles of corporate entities and local state agents, and interpreting the impacts of recent tourism plans and policies on ethnic minority communities and Kinh residents. We reveal an underlying project among state officials and entrepreneurs to harness this marginal space on the Sino-Vietnamese borderlands regardless of cultural distinctions.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 9 June 2017
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/35214
This document was published in: Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 66, 37-48 (2017)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2017.05.014
Elsevier
Alternative version: 10.1016/j.annals.2017.05.014
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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