How do the Koreans view the Vietnamese?

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How do the Koreans view the Vietnamese?
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Here's a guess.

Koreans only look up to Americans and most Caucasians - while they detest the Japanese - they strive to catch up to them in most things.

As for the Chinese - Koreans believe they predate the Chinese in most things.

As for the Vietnamese - everyone should respect them as the only Asian nation that kicked two major western military nations (US and France) ass decisively.

But I suspect the Koreans - due to their macho mucho feelings over most Asian countries - look down on the Vietnamese.

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Korea has a highly hierarchy oriented culture. Everyone and everything is assessed according to the certain ratings and rankings (top 5, top 100, the more or less prestigious brand, fashion, utensil and so on). White Americans are thought of being superior, Japanese probably too, Vietnamese are inferior although above Indians or Philippinos. All that silently, of course. Par excellence, Koreans are the best, however - in reality they will have higher opinion of certain groups and almost openly disparaging attitudes toward another ethnic groups. All based on their “ratings”.

That's just how things are. However, Vietnamese (or anyone else) may go up in the popular charts — Koreans have no bias in this regard. Just need to be successful (and gain wide recognition, preferably by white Americans). Good luck.

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I'm Vietnamese, who lived in Ho Chi Minh city and had worked for a Korean company for about 3 months at the period I had just graduated from the university. Frankly speaking, I love people all around the world but Korean and Chinese are exceptions. Korean will be alway my nightmare for their bad personality such as extreme nationalism, arrogance, stingy and cracist. I hate Korean because they always treat Vietnamese in a very impolite and unrespect way. In my opinion, I don’t care what do they think about Vietnamese people because I will hate them forever. Hate hate hate hate and hate. I don’t have any other word to show my feelings, really irritate for their personality and their behavior.

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Short answer: South Koreans are basically racist toward Vietnamese.

The truth is South Koreans are racist toward any country that they think is poorer than they are. Southeastern Asian countries are especially their targets (maybe Singapore excluded).

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I actually have a few Viet friends though they live in the United States. They often tell me that despite living there, Vietnamese culture still permeates through their lifestyle (i.e. conservative Asian culture v. American culture)

As this is the only encounter I have with Vietnamese culture and people in general, I can’t really warrant an in-depth answer to this question. But generally, we Koreans look at Viets like most other nations from South East Asia. They love Korean culture and want to visit Korea too. I bet they have a rich history and I would really like to travel there some time in the future.

Other Koreans have an inclination to be unconsciously racist towards people from there but I personally don’t care where you’re from as long as you’re not rude :)

Sorry if this was too short!

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Respect - for its strong spirit of independence and tenacity in fighting outside invaders.

Camaraderie - for having shared similar history of resisting invaders.

Envy - for having united its country.

Guilt - for partaking in the Vietnam war.

Love - for generally friendly attitude towards Korea despite its role in Vietnam War

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