Gender Roles in Vietnam: A Metalogue on the Traditional and the New and Suggestions for Transformation

Huong Nguyen, Janet J. McIntyre-Mills, Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes

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The paper is organized as a virtual dialogue and iterative commentary using email and phone calls during lock down. The authors address the potential for public education to redress the gendered inequality towards women. Historically women have shown their capabilities to take on essential roles in times of danger, in order to help the country gain independence and to recover from war, to help with reconstruction and development but unequal gender norms persist that need to be addressed. The tensions across traditional folklore and Buddhism which emphasizes harmony across the genders and some of the patriarchal notions in Confucianism remain a challenge for gender identity and roles. The paper concludes by suggesting that public education needs to continue to challenge the more conservative approach of Confucianism towards the role of women and shift the traditional gendered social norms towards more equality and more opportunities for the advancement of human development goals and the prevention of harassment. Nevertheless, the first author stresses that since the end of the Vietnam war considerable progress has been made.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformative Education for Regeneration and Wellbeing
Subtitle of host publicationA Critical Systemic Approach to Support Multispecies Relationships and Pathways to Sustainable Environments
EditorsJanet J. McIntyre-Mills, Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811932588
ISBN (Print)9789811932571
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Regeneration
  • Respect
  • Values
  • Gendered social norms
  • Gender equality public education
  • Subordination


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