In Vietnam people participate in the traditional rituals of their culture and that is how other people are able to define the identity of the Vietnam people. In the story the boy and his mother has much love for each other that more people in America should have. Many people go through times that make it hard for them to know who they need to be in life this day and time many children at a very young age have to make a decision of which road they would like to take. The story throughout shows how people can rebel to find their own identity instead of being a part of what everyone else is a part of. We should always make our own decisions instead of being a follower we should be a
My parents always pester me and say, "We are not American, we are Vietnamese". This has always been a strange concept to me since I consider myself American and Vietnamese.Two cultures I am a part of are the Vietnamese and American Cultures. I am constantly reminded of my Vietnamese side by my parents, friends and peers. Vietnamese and American culture, both emphasis work ethic, patriotism and beauty standards. Vietnamese and Americans both value hard work.
There are many people out there afraid of that question, afraid that if they answer it the wrong way, they will be harshly judged and outcast from society. We shouldn’t have to live in fear of not being accepted for who we are but that just so happens to be the horrible reality that we have to face. This is the country our children have to grow up in, confused about whether or not to support their country or secretly hide their true feelings. Can someone really be proud of the twisted lies, and buried secrets of this country? What does it mean to be an American, it means to be lied to, confused daily, to be judged, to have false rights, and to hope for a better
How America is a place of writing, public speaking, and travel while in Vietnam, they are actually going by their book. Living in America has changed what is considered important to him, but not to his mother. College degrees, journalism awards, and other demonstrations of success are what is important in America, not
Growing up in an amazing country like the United States makes many of us proud, and want to do whatever we can to give back. Many of the responsibilities asked of us are not that hard and can only take a few minutes or a simple smile to a stranger. I am an American, proud of my country and everything it has provided for me. So my main responsibility is to say thank you through community service, being educated, voting, and most importantly respecting the people that allow me to live in such a great
Be aware that it has been happening in Vietnam since long before tourists ever arrived and it is not necessarily that they are “ripping you off”. Barging is just the fluid way that small transactions happen in Vietnam. So, sellers will make false claims, pretend you’ve agreed to a higher price, or give you back less change than you are owed, but it is not the reason not to enjoy in Vietnam. Try to prepare visely and educate yourself about these customs. Remember that losing your temper in public or when bargaining for a purchase is considered a serious loss of face for both parties.
Have you ever wonder what your life will be like when you have a chance to live in a different country other than you motherland? There are many challenges and obstacles people usually face when they start their new life in a new country. Moreover, people can totally change their life in different way due to their change in cultural environmental. The same situation has been demonstrated in the novel “The Gangster We Are All Looking For” by Le Thi Thuy Diem, an immigrant from Vietnam who left their motherland for freedom and new life. The novel “The Gangster We Are All Looking For” is a narrative fiction novel in which it describes the important of cultural differences, consequences of war and the maturity of the author.
In 1884, Vietnamese scholar-officials were forced by French authorities to sign the Treaty of Hue, which formally ended the independence of a unified Vietnam (St. John, 1998 p. 11). The French then divided the country administratively into three regions, Tonkin, Annam and Cochinchina. The Vietnamese were not allowed to see themselves as Vietnamese anymore, or to call their country by its proper name. Instead, they had to identify themselves with the region they lived in. However, ‘to the Vietnamese, these were geographical terms, and their use by the French to imply a political division of the Vietnamese homeland was as odious to the Vietnamese as the loss of independence’ (St. John, 1998 p. 14).
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” Mark Twain. Do you truly appreciate the country you live in? The fact that you can be proud of saying the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’, can have an easier lifestyle, see amazing attractions, and have rights and freedom.When people show patriotism, this is showing their country love, devotion, and dedication. They show patriotism because they simply love their country. It doesn't matter if you're from a different country, patriotism is a needed quality.
Being Vietnamese-American, my sense of cultural identity greatly differs from many individuals. Since America is one great, giant mixing pot of many diverse cultures, I was exposed to a multitude of different cultural perspectives growing up. With my Vietnamese background and American upbringing influencing who I am today, it shapes my own unique cultural identity as well. It’s rare, if not completely impossible, to find a person who has the same exact cultural identity as you. And because my parents were raised in Vietnam while I was raised here in Oahu, our cultural perspectives aren’t very similar even though we’re closely related.