Misconception and Misjudgment: Research and Interview Assignment

narrative Essay
922 words
922 words

For this interview, I have chosen a group in which for Asians overall and Vietnamese specifically, is seen as a low affinity group in which received many frown upon and disapprovals. This group is LGBT. LGBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. They are defined as people who are sexually attracted by other people of the same sex. History has shown that gay people have always been discriminated against; also they have been victims of violence and harassment in our own society because of their sexual orientation. Even in the Bible, Jesus asked the mankind to have children and since gay people don't have the ability to reproduce, therefore, homosexuality is considered an act of sin. This is why I chose this group seeing that they are considered low affinity to not only my group but to other groups as well.
The person that I picked to interview is one of my closest friends who came out as an openly gay man for around seven to eight years now. The reason why I chose him is because he have been discriminated and abused for the fact that he is a gay person. My interviewee’s name is Tom. I’ve known Tom for almost 15 years because his mother is a closed friend of my family. He was born and raised in an traditional Vietnamese family, but he was sent to a French school since he was six. Therefore, he has been very receptive and open-minded towards different cultures, people and genders. As growing up, he has heard a mixed package of both good and bad messages about the LGBT community, Vietnamese society was still very conservative and had negative perspective towards the LGBTQ community. This interview, however, has changed my perspective as I learned more about his heartbreaking yet inspirational journ...

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...t that he didn’t encourage Josh enough and started to blame himself. If Josh could see that everything will get better in the future, maybe not immediately but there will be people who loved him no matter what, then he would still be here with us. He was such a loving, caring and genuine guy. Tom hopes Josh is in a better place now. He carefully reminded me, “If you see a gay person or anyone being treated with disrespect or unfairly, you should stand up for what I believe in and protect that person unconditionally, maybe you can save a life.” Lastly, I ended my interview with questions regarding myself. I asked him how he thought I should behave or act in order to befriend and respect another homosexual person. He replied with a bit of sarcasm: “All you have to do is be yourself. Don’t pretend to like us “gay people” because we can sense whether you fake it or not.”

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how tom grew up as an upper middle class vietnamese in an urban area. his family reminded him and his siblings to not judge people based on race, creed, color, or gender.
  • Opines that homosexuality is not a choice; one cannot choose who they love, whether the person is of the same or opposite gender.
  • Narrates how tom's friend, josh, committed suicide after being bullied at school for being gay.
  • Explains that they chose a low affinity group for asians and vietnamese specifically, which is lgbt, because they have been discriminated against and abused for their sexual orientation.
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