I lived in Vietnam for 25 years, since I was born until going to USA 5 years ago for graduate school. And these are a few things in the list of what I love about Vietnam.
People . My family. My friends. My teachers. Ice-cream vendors :). Below are pictures with my English teacher. I met him at USC and asked him to visit Vietnam in the following summer. He finally was able to make a 5-day trip with us. Before he came, his parents were like “will they put you in jail?”. And see what we put him in.
Food . You cannot talk about Vietnam without food. We cook everything :) Yes, yes. It can be “dangerous” sometimes :) But that is why the food is very diverse and of course there are many wonderful dishes.
Up north and you can find many exotic foods from minorities. Be adventurous :) Below is a picture of my English teacher with a the food we made from local people: rock crabs, extremely free-range, super organic pork and chicken, and wine :))
From north to south, each province would probably has a very unique dish :) Below is one from my province: Chao se + Banh hon . Google Vietnam food and you will see.
Nature. Landscape. Mountains. Beaches. You name it. But I miss the crop field and the country road the most .
Music . Oh damn, so many people complained about Vietnamese music. But there are more than that love the music. Probably for anyone, it is difficult to listen to a foreign-language music, especially when many traditional Vietnamese genres are tied to the culture, to many old customs. But again, this is a Vietnamese talking :) I love Trinh Cong Son music , old folk songs, “red” songs, “yellow” songs, kids songs, “youth” songs, … (of course, I like other foreign-language songs as well)
History . Topic of debate here. So please take this part as a very personal part. Vietnam history has too many wars. I do not feel proud of that. But I am proud of the people who still stood up against all powerful enemies to give us this day. I love reading Vietnamese history, not just the bright but also dark parts. I love to “see” history through remnants. I love listening to my grandparents talking about their lives, their battles, their losses, their loves. And I hope I will be able to remember those to tell my kids.
And of course, memories . This is probably obvious :)
Those are a few things I can remember and type in a short amount of time. Of course I can tell you all day long if you want to hear. I do think it is better to show you one day.