In October 1959, Ho Chi Minh attended and spoke before the North Vietnamese National Assembly at the “Meeting to Discuss the Draft of the Law on Marriage and Family.” The purpose of this study is to provide a feminist rhetorical analysis of this address to explicate the rhetorical strategies Ho employed to advocate for this law. I argue that Ho reframed the Marriage and Family Law into a policy that corresponded to the needs and demands of the National Assembly through methods of dissociation, association, and strategic repetition. I also found that Ho employed a dual leader/uncle first persona to assist his reframing efforts. These findings reveal the complicated legacy of Ho Chi Minh in championing for women’s rights in Vietnam. On the one hand, he successfully pushed for the implementation of the first law to protect women in their private lives. On the other hand, the Draft Meeting Address portrayed this law as important only because it contributed to the socialist revolution, rather than because it addressed sexism in the contemporary North Vietnamese family.


Bostdorff, Denise


Communication Studies


Speech and Rhetorical Studies


Ho Chi Minh, Law on Marriage and Family, feminist criticism

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar


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