Professor of Sociology Jack Harris and Linh Nguyen ’07 recently presented their research on “Vietnamese Masculinity and Gender Relations” at the Third International Conference on Vietnamese Studies on Dec. 6 in Hanoi. The BBC covered their presentation (transcript is in Vietnamese).
Nguyen, who grew up in Vietnam, was a Freeman Fellow who earned a Salisbury International Internship Stipend and used the opportunity to return to Vietnam to conduct research on extramarital affairs by Vietnamese men under the guidance of Professor Harris. Using an interview schedule developed by Harris and Nguyen, Linh interviewed more than 200 Vietnamese men and women. Upon returning to HWS, she continued the research as an Honors project in sociology, for which Harris was her adviser, titled, “Rice and Noodles: Extramarital Relationships, Masculinity, and Gender Identification in Vietnam.”
Harris conducted in-depth field interviews with Vietnamese men and women, extending the research in Vietnam in 2007 as an ASIANetwork Exchange Fellow (sponsored by the Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Henry Luce Foundation). He also gave a series of presentations to faculty and students at Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City that was warmly received, despite the difficult nature of the subject.
While at the Colleges, Linh majored in sociology and women’s studies and wrote for the Herald, the campus newspaper, about the challenges of being far away from home. In addition to earning Honors, Linh graduated summa cum laude from William Smith College. She is currently a graduate student in anthropology at Syracuse University.
Harris, a member of the faculty since 1974, holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and his master’s and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania. His paper on “Incorporating Men’s Studies into Vietnamese Gender Studies” in Vietnam Social Sciences, 5(67), 1998, National Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi, Vietnam, re-directed attention to men’s responsibilities for social issues and problems rooted in forms of Vietnamese masculine behavior.