Yen (Hoang) Ha


Yen is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, focusing her research on young LGBT and their domestic and international migration experiences. Prior to coming to Monash, Yen was working at Hanoi University (Vietnam) as junior lecturer where her focus was gender and development. Back there, she was also actively participating with NGOs, youth and civil society organisations.

Research Topic

Coming (out) to the city: Lived urban migration experiences of young Vietnamese LGBT.

Research Interests

LGBT, youth, migration, inequalities, Vietnamese abroad, International students

Project Summary

This research focuses on young Vietnamese who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) with an urban migration experience. The study investigates their motives and expectations when moving to the city, and explores the connection of these factors to their respective gender and sexual identities. This will allow understanding of their self-perception, identification and shaping of their sexual and gender identities in different contexts – their places of origin and their migration destinations – as well as challenges of being young LGBT Vietnamese migrant. The study focuses on two cities: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Melbourne (Australia) in order to explore experiences of both internal and international urban migration.


Dr Kirsten McLean
Dr Steven Roberts