Navigating Identity, Ethnicity, and Politics: A Case Study of Gender Variance in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

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Based on ethnographic data collected among the Bahnar ethnic
group in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, I discuss the lived
experiences of masculine performing people (assigned female at
birth) whose gender characteristics blur the boundaries between
lesbian and transgender. In reviewing non-normative gender
practices in supernatural rituals in Southeast Asia and in Vietnam I
explore the links between these practices and present-day
terminology and discourses relating to the complexities of gender
and sexual diversity in the secular realm. I also discuss the
disclosure experiences of these people, their vulnerability to social
discrimination and draw attention to the nuances of contingent
masculinities against the backdrop of the complex inter-ethnic
relations in the Central Highlands.


  • Huong Nguyen
Enheter & grupper

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Genusstudier


Sidor (från-till)255-269
TidskriftNORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies
Utgåva nummer4
Tidigt onlinedatum2016 nov 29
StatusPublished - 2016
Peer review utfördJa