As a Korean living in Australia, I’m going to be brutally honest and say that Vietnamese people are probably my favorite Asians.
Growing up, I went to a high school which had a massive amount of Vietnamese students. I remember in 10th grade our class had:
We had so many Vietnamese students infact, there was a school tradition where we would count all the names of Nguyen’s that were graduating every year. (My year level still holds the record with 26 Nguyen’s).
In comparison, there were only 2 Koreans (including me) in my year level. There were literally more than 14 times as many Nguyen’s in my year level as there were Koreans.
But despite out numbering us, the Vietnamese kids never bullied or harassed us Koreans. Infact quite the contrary, we got along quite well. I remember all the good times I had with my Vietnamese friends, going out to eat rice noodles and learning each other’s culture. They taught me Vietnamese words at school and I still remember the first word they taught me which sounded like ‘my door’ backwards.
From my personal experience, the Vietnamese were always nice to the Koreans, especially to me and my family. Never once did they even poke at us. They were always kind and would invite my family to trips and parties.
contrast to some Vietnamese writers on VietnamAnswer, the Vietnamese that I knew:
Never condemned the Koreans for what they did in the Vietnamese war. Hell, they never even brought it up.
(Adults and grandparents included)
Always had a positive view of Korea.
Was really smart.
Was very extroverted.
And weirdly enough, every Vietnamese person I’ve ever met had similar traits as in:
I’ve never met a fat Vietnamese person.
I’ve met met a shy Vietnamese person.
I’ve never met an anti-Korean Vietnamese
I never had any negative feelings about them. Nothing but a positive view for Vietnam.
Although you could say that I literally looked down on them. I was 182cm whiles many of my Vietnamese friends were around 170cm so when we talked, I would have to tilt my head and physically look down on them.