"Coming Out" for Asian Americans Term Paper

A look at the challenges of ethnicity that Asian-American gays and lesbians face when coming out.
# 150983 | 1,343 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 15, 2012 in Asian Studies (Asian American) , English (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper examines how ethnicity affects an individual's experience of coming out and forming new communities, with a focus on Asian-Americans. In particular, the paper discusses the Vietnamese community, its outlook on homosexuality and how its members cope with revealing this aspect of their lives to family and friends. Additionally, the paper addresses the role of assimilation to American culture in "coming out" for Asian Americans. Various examples of Vietnamese Americans and their experiences as homosexuals are cited. The paper concludes by stating that ethnicity affects an individual's experience of coming out and forming new communities, as seen with the experience of Vietnamese Americans.

From the Paper:

"Many Asian American ethnic groups tend to have mindsets heavily influenced by
their primary religion. As said in the Washington Blade Newspaper " a total of 52 percent
of Asian Americans in California voted against Prop 8" which is understandable because of
all the heavily influential religions around, making it seem that being gay is the most horrible thing a person can be. Focusing on Vietnamese Americans , it's easily seen that a major part of Vietnamese Americans seek the Catholic church for guidance, which means their ideals go against rather than support or at least accept homosexuality . Catholicism suggests that in order to become a divine son or daughter of god "we must reject sin, including homosexual behavior--that is, acts intended to arouse or stimulate a sexual response regarding a person of the same sex. The Catholic Church teaches that such acts are always violations of divine and natural law." It's easily seen how one statement can forever affect the perceptions formulated... "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Zhou, Min, and James V. Gatewood. Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader. New York: New York UP, 2000.
  • Yang, Thu. "The Coming out Process among Asian Gays and Lesbians."Gradworks.umi.com. Brian Lam, June-July 2007.
  • Whitman, J., Cormier, S. & Boyd, C. (2000). Lesbian identity management at various stages of the coming out process: A qualitative study. International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, 5, 3-18

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