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I am Vietnamese.

Discussion in 'Archived Blogs' started by pepsi, Apr 14, 2010.
  1. Pepsi
    I was born in rural Chu Lai, Vietnam. It's a small village in the country's central region about 2 hours south of Da Nang.

    My parents immigrated to a small town in northern Minnesota when i was only 2 years old. 3 years later we moved to Des Moines, IA. Where i grew up as a child.

    As you can see i grew up in American society, therefore it was only natural for me to pick up american values and outlooks, but i also got to see what my parents points of view were. It wasn't until we traveled back to Vietnam last summer where i finally realized how different our cultures were, and how hard it is for other people who are not familiar with outside customs to really understand.

    I can go on and on and on, but i'm going to keep this as short as possible. My point is, keep an open mind about everything, something may seem normal where you are, but it may be ridiculous in other areas. When you look at an individual, see culture not color. And no matter how you're raised, try to have somewhat of an understanding of who you are and where you're from. I for one will never forget Vietnam. It is a very beautiful place filled with very passionate people. This is where "living off the smaller things in life" truly has a meaning.

  2. Gu Sensei
    Hi, Welcome to Head Fi and sorry for your wallet!

    I visited Vietnam a few years back and it was one the most amazing trips I have ever taken. I visited Hanoi and took a trip up around the North in the mountains. The scenery was completely stunning, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and I just loved Hanoi, so much character. However, it was the people I interacted with that left the greatest impression. So very kind and welcoming every where I went. The poverty was gut-wrenching but the spirit of those I met was inspiring.

    I look forward to getting back some day and would like to visit the central area, maybe I will take a run through Chu Lai!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
  3. Pepsi
    Hi Gu Sensai,

    I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Vietnam! Hanoi is stunning, did you get a chance to visit Ho Chi Minh's burial? I was amazed at how well they preserved his body. Actually, in the Vietnamese culture, there is still a lot of bias and prejudice between the North and South Vietnamese. Something I still have trouble grasping.

    I think you will enjoy Chu Lai, it is one of the most peaceful places i have ever been. If you do let me know, there is a place that i think everyone should visit, it's a small restaurant about 5 minutes away from relatives place, they brew the best tea i have ever had in my life. Even the most non tea enthusiast would find some kind of enlightenment from it.

    I appreciate the kind words. [​IMG]

  4. Crowe09

    I believe we have the same outlooks and beliefs regarding the differences of people around the world. I definitely understand what you mean when you said, "When you look at an individual, see culture not color." Everyone has a wonderful culture to share. The outer of a person is not important. What matters most is the way they live their lives.
    This is where "living off the smaller things in life" truly has a meaning.

    I love you're quote.[​IMG]
  6. Drag0n
    Nice read,good advice [​IMG]
  7. Kirosia
    Never knew you were Viet. I'm American-born Cambodian (2nd gen I guess) and I've learned to hate everyone equally regardless of race, gender, social status, or sexual preference. Well except maybe brainless college twats, but I'm not sure they count as people. 
  8. heishiro
    im working here in Long-an province in vietnam, yup things is a bit diff from west or east culture.
    working here for a year and half i do admire the people's very simple way of living.
  9. Lil' Knight


    For real? If yes, I'm so near from you because I'm currently on a vacation back home. Long An is next to my province, Tiengiang. Maybe we should hook up for a mini meet LOL.
  10. heishiro


    ei?! really? pls let me know. yup im here in long-an we can meet in the City at weekend it you have free time
    we can also visit some audio store in the city :D
  11. Lil' Knight
    Yeah, in case you don't know, there's a small audiophile store in Ho Chi Minh city that carries quite a lot headphones, including the JH16 universal that I tried last time. If we have chance to meet, you're welcome to try my 'portable' rig :)
  12. HydroTurtle
  13. heishiro
    i think your talking about this store : http://chodientu.vn/gian-hang/koolaudio/home.html
    thats where i bought majority of my gear. yup i already tried the JH-16 demo sounds heaven! FTW!

  14. hahahigh

    That's impressive. Saigon has really diversified since the last time I went back for a visit.
  15. jjinh
    My background is Chinese but my parents lived in Saigon, Vietnam before fleeing to Australia (where I was born) during the war.
    My father was born in Cambodia.

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