What do Vietnamese people love about their country?

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What do Vietnamese people love about their country?

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The same question for what English people love about England, what Japanese love Japan... And the same answer, somehow, Vietnamese people love their country for their food: rice, "chung" cake...; their weather: 4 seasons in Hanoi and only 2 in Saigon; their natural scenes of beauty: Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang, ancient palaces and temples, green fields...; their custom and tradition: Lunar Tet, "ao dai"... Moreover, Vietnamese love their people, still poor but friendly and opening. They love here because on this land, they were born, grow up. They have family here, they have unforgetable momories here. They have their loves here. :)

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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.

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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 :))

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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.

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Nature. Landscape. Mountains. Beaches. You name it. But I miss the crop field and the country road the most .

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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)

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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.

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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.

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- this is a note I wrote in 2009. please excuse the bad grammar -

This place is a trap. Dangerous and moving. Nosy, rude people. Cars and bikes, running in fast motion, honking tirelessly. Hot humid, polluted air.

There is almost nothing as surreal as visiting Sai Gon. Where you walk past a ragged beggar to step inside boutiques selling the finest things from abroad. Where a single glass door separates filthy streets and the new arrivals of an Audi dealer. Where the gap is. Where they mix.

Sai Gon doesn't care for you. She is busy, obnoxious, cruel and nasty. She is pretty and has everything on offer. Get moving and get smart, she doesn't have another second to spare.

But she could be real nice at times. She allows the poorest of the poor to stay, and the wealthiest of the wealthy to slay. There is no better place than Sai Gon to forget your loneliness, or to feel the depth of it. This is the place to truly be alone. Step out of the house at any time, literally any time, and you are in for something. There is always something going on - be it the shopping places with flashing lights, the late markets, the clubbing scene, the street cafes, the early birds, .. Sai Gon never goes to sleep. Insomnia no more, get out and salsa your night away!

Maybe it is just the rush of excitement any big cities can bring about. Maybe it is the craziness of it all. Maybe it is the youth and the passion for stupid shiny challenges and opportunities. Maybe it is the irony. But I have always been in love with Sai Gon. This place is not my hometown. I don't even understand Sai Gon.. or know the streets, at that. But this place gives me the butterflies. This place makes my heart beat so fast I just want to drive around by myself and breathe it all in. So I never mind getting lost. And I let myself get lost in Sai Gon.

Ahhh. The big cities. Almost beautiful. And how do I love thee.

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I was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam until I was 15. After that, I spent most of my time studying abroad and only visited Vietnam once or twice a year. Not until I stayed overseas did I truly appreciate my country. My foreign friends kept asking me about interesting things in Vietnam and their questions motivated me to winnow out best memories about the country. I start to love the complex layouts of the Old Quarter in Hanoi, the unique taste of "pho" (Vietnamese beef noodle) which I can't find anywhere else in the world, the scent of "hoa sua" (a type of flower) which overwhelms the streets of Hanoi in autumn...

Other than the beautiful scenes and the cuisine, I am also proud of our history and our brave ancestors who have fought hard for the independence of the country. I enjoy sharing stories about the battle against invasion in the past with my foreign friends.

Above all, I love the people. I feel grateful to have kind Vietnamese friends overseas who are my second family and provide me with emotional support when I am away from home.

All in all, Vietnam is where I am most closely attached to and I feel safe and loved.

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Sorry about my English gammar and wording. I live in Vietnam. I haven't even gone abroad. My city is My Tho, in which I feel safe and peaceful. I have some good friends. When I was 18, I went to Ho Chi Minh city for studying in university. This city is so noisy and interesting. It's not safe and peaceful. So hard to find right way with the streets there. Ho Chi Minh city is the place where people in other provinces have moved into there for many purposes. I have more new friends who come from other place. I feel the Iove exists in the away-from-home people. It's so warm in there. I have experienced some new problems, and after them, I become more mature. In my thought, My Tho is the place where I was born, is the home I could come back; Ho Chi Minh city is the good city to explore new things. I love Vietnames languages, too. One word, in many cases, have many meanings. I love my country history in the past. Many Vietnameses ancestors died in war to protect our country. //// Vietnam still have some bad things, but we are trying our best to make it become better. I love my country.

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I think what I love most is really just my memories of Vietnam. I really only lived there (in Saigon) until I was seven and then I moved to the States. Even though that wasn't a really long time to really get to know a country (not to mention the fact that my first few years were basically a blur), I remembered a lot of things from my childhood there and they were all great memories. I was just a kid so I know my parents and many aunts/uncles/older cousins shielded me from the terrible things that ran rampant across the country. I didn't know much about the bad stuff like extreme poverty and corruption until I was my teenage years in the US. I mean, I had always known that Vietnam was no paradise, but in my mind it had always been this place from my early childhood where I had so much great memories of.

Even today I still don't have a lot of bad memories there. I go back to visit every three years and I basically get pampered by my family, so I never have to experience what life is truly like for them as people who actually live in the country, but pretty much every girl I know there hates it and wants to get out. What I'm trying to say is that I know Vietnam still has a lot of problems, but for me, I'd always have some sort of nostalgia about it.

I also just recently learned to really love our landscapes and the beautiful nature of our country. I love looking at pictures of Ha Long Bay and Sapa and I want to visit every single one of these amazing places someday.

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