Journal article

'I'd do it for love or for money': Vietnamese women in Taiwan and the social construction of female migrant sexuality

LA Hoang, BSA Yeoh

Gender, Place and Culture | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2015


Drawing on an ethnographic research in Vietnam and Taiwan, this article seeks to contribute to the global scholarship on migration and sexuality. It reveals interesting contradictions between the seemingly homogeneous stereotypes of Vietnamese women's sexuality, on the one hand, and the multiplicity and fluidity of actual sexual practices in real-life contexts, on the other hand. First, the presence of a number of chaste migrant women in our study challenges the common stereotype of female migrants as hypersexual and promiscuous menaces on the loose. Second, we question the emphasis on women's material greed and instrumentalism in normative discourses about Vietnamese women's engagement in e..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Wellcome Trust, UK

Funding Acknowledgements

The study is funded by the Wellcome Trust, UK (GR079946/B/06/Z and GR079946/Z/06Z).