Cultural Differences

Learning the cultural differences between Westerners and Vietnamese (From the Vietnamese point of view) Western Vietnamese   Affection 1. Touching between people of the same sex is not acceptable   It is quite acceptable. One can see two men or women in the street holding hands 2. A man and a woman may hold hands … Read more Cultural Differences

The ‘Other’ Vietnamese Flag

Like the Stars and Stripes, the Vietnamese flags is laden with symbolism and historical meaning, which makes Vietnamese American feel a great emotional bond with its “colors”. Visit any Little Saigon around the world, and one is likely to see a flag displaying “three horizontal red stripes on a golden yellow background” fluttering proudly against … Read more The ‘Other’ Vietnamese Flag

Vietnamese Culture

Four great philosophies and religions have shaped the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity. Over the centuries, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism have melded with popular Chinese beliefs and ancient Vietnamese animism to form what is known as Tam Giao(or `Triple Religion’). The Vietnamese language (kinh) is a hybrid of Mon-Khmer, … Read more Vietnamese Culture

Vietnamese traditional medicine

Although the government in Vietnam intends to develop an identifiable Vietnamese Medical Science, traditional medicine has existed for generations. There are three medical traditions which have coexisted in Vietnam prior to the impact of Western Medicine: these are Thuoc Bac (Northern Medicine), Thuoc Nam (Southern Medicine), and Thuoc Tay (Western Medicine). With Thuoc Bac or … Read more Vietnamese traditional medicine

Vietnamese Names

 Vietnamese personal names are usually composed of three elements appearing in the following order: first, the family or clan name (ho), such as Nguyen, Tran, Le, etc.;second, the middle name(chu dem or chu lot). ‘cushion world,’ such as Van, Dinh, Huu, etc,; and third, the personal or given name (ten). Example: Nguyen Van Nam, in … Read more Vietnamese Names

Vietnamese Ethnic Groups

Vietnam is a multi-nationality country with 54 ethnic groups. The Viet (Kinh) people account for 87% of the country’s population and mainly inhabit the Red River delta, the central coastal delta, the Mekong delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups, totalling over 8 million people, are scattered over mountain areas (covering two-thirds … Read more Vietnamese Ethnic Groups

Vietnam Information

1. General Information 2. Climate & Weather 3. People & Culture 4. Local Customs 5. Currency 6. Things to Know 7. Visas & Passports 8. Customs Regulations 9. Travel to the Country 10. Travel Within the Country 11. Camping 12. Dining & Drinking 13. Entertainment 14. Phone Numbers 15. Visitor Information 16. Useful Phrases 1. … Read more Vietnam Information

Vietnamese Religions

Religion has exerted a deep influence on Vietnamese culture and the Vietnamese concept of life. The attitude towards life, death, and the world beyond bears a deep imprint of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Buddhism The predominant religion in Vietnam is Buddhism, which is also on of the world’s great religions. Buddhism was introduced into Vietnam … Read more Vietnamese Religions