Street Food in Bangkok and Hanoi: Conflicts Over the Uses of the Urban Space

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Monday, October 21st, 2019

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Monday, October 21, 201910:00AM - 12:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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The Street Food research project aims at investigating some challenges posed by street food vending, drawing upon 4 cases studies: Bangkok, Hanoi, Chicago and Montpellier. This paper will present the cases of Hanoi and Bangkok. In Bangkok, street food is an affordable and easily accessible source of food throughout the city: thus, it contributes to secure the access to food (in terms of availability and affordability), while often providing income to underprivileged households, in particular migrants. Yet, street vendors are currently facing a vehement eviction process, in order to facilitate the traffic. Hanoi follows the same pattern, although moderately, and shut down several informal markets, for food safety reasons. But what are the consequences of this eviction for vendors and for the food system? How do vendors and consumers adapt to this changing urban environment? Moreover, how do planners consider the food issue within urban planning?


Speakers

Gwenn Pulliat
Researcher, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)


Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


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