There are a huge different in thinking between classes in society as well as what people think and what actually happend
What most people think:
Viet Nam is a poor country, many (if you don’t say most) people have a very hard life, our society is always a massive mess and people will live this country if they get the chance to. Why? Because they think they'll have a better life there. In the past, people who lived oversea and who worked foreign companies / government (Viet Kieu is the name we use for them) are very wealthy comparing to Vietnamese who stayed behind. This lead to the thinking that Viet Kieu is always rich. Vietnamese when return to their hometown use to bring present with them and give it to anyone they know (in the past). Nowadays, even when people don’t want to or even can not afford the present, they still have to because of the old and terriblely wrong thought. Vietnamese always is affected by the thinking of other, we can not ignore it. Why? People never believe what we say, they believe what the “know”. What happend if we don’t give them present? They’ll start talking, swearing, saying bad things about us, then about our families, then say that we have no pride left, that it a shame for them, our family, our country to have us, that we’re to selfish, that they raised us and we paid nothing back, and what every they can say. We can just live the hometown but our family can’t they still have to stay in Viet Nam and indure what other people say. Even if we have no family left in Viet Nam we still have to return at some time in the year and pray for our ancestors, Vietnamese never forget anything and never stop talking. Ok lets say: It’s just a few present, give it to them. No, people will gather around your house and start asking for present, if you only saw them once for your whole life (according to them) you still have to give them present. And where does all of this came from? One wrong thought does it all. Other countries is rich ==> people who live there is rich.
What wealthy people think:
Wealthy Vietnamese has a lot of knowledge about life. They know exactly what people have to suffer, what they have to risk, how life are living abroad and the deeply understand for Vietnamese living oversea. These people will choose a country and live Viet Nam at some point for sure, but they’ll stay until when they see is time to go, many kind of go back and forth between countries. They don’t need anything, people give them presents with respect, they care how mature, how much other have grown instead of what the “Viet Kieu” bring for them.
What life really is abroad:
Life is not easy living in a different country. Taxes, money, loan, house, payment, works,… there are too many things to worry about. People will have a better environment but business won’t gonna be so easy, things won’t gonna be so cheap, life won’t gonna be so relaxing and family won’t gonna be so close. It is stressful living abroad with all the payment you have. The fact that one huge suitcase of present is require when you want to come back home won’t help at all.