Added: October 3, 2015 – Last updated: October 3, 2015
Author: Amanda C(hapman) Boczar
Title: Foreign Affairs
Subtitle: Policy, Culture, and the Making of Love and War in Vietnam
Thesis: Ph.D. Thesis, University of Kentucky
Advisor: Lien-Hang Thi Nguyen
Link: UKnowledge: University of Kentucky's Digital Collection of Scholarship (Available for download on April 27, 2017)
»Foreign Affairs: Policy, Culture, and the Making of Love and War in Vietnam investigates the interplay between war and society leading to and during the Vietnam War. This project intertwines histories of foreign relations, popular culture, and gender and sexuality as lenses for understanding international power relations during the global Cold War more broadly. By examining sexual encounters between American service members and Vietnamese civilian women, this dissertation argues that relationships ranging from prostitution to dating, marriage, and rape played a significant role in the diplomacy, logistics, and international reception of the war. American disregard for South Vietnamese morality laws in favor of bolstering GI morale in the early war years contributed to the instability of the alliance and led to a rise in anti-American activities, health concerns, and military security threats.