Author

Yen Hoang Ha

Date Approved

7-1-2013

Date Posted

1-15-2016

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Teacher Education

Committee Member

Joe Bishop, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, PhD

Committee Member

Paul J. Ramsey, PhD

Abstract

This paper examines the history, culture, and policies in Vietnam as fundamentals for an analysis on one of the most emerging topics in the modern Vietnamese society: the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. I have collected data from opinions and comments on different means of social media as representation of public opinion toward LGBT, which seem to most expressed in three aspects: lack of knowledge, stereotype, and prejudice; the categorization and labeling as Third World; and advocacy for LGBT equality. With the quite strict tradition and high stress on family ties, the challenge for the members of this community to advocate for their rights is quite high. Even though it is not easy to transform people's minds and change moral values, recent changes on positive side in this discourse allow us to hope for the best.

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