Comments from an expert on intercultural communication shed new light on the author’s relationship dilemma.
What is love, in the Vietnamese context? A successful relationship must be seen as a social contract, practical rather than romantic.
There are contradictions galore in contemporary Vietnamese culture. “You can’t kiss in the street, but you can piss in the street,” one longtime resident noted.
Vietnam is not one of China’s biggest fans. The reasons may be rooted in a long and combative history, but they extend today to a perceived lack of respect.
Count on your fingers or toes. Here are two handfuls of reasons why Vietnam is a great country to be living in.
Continuing his musings on differences between Vietnamese and Western values, the author takes on curiosity and gratitude — in a culture with “no queues, no order, no concessions.”
The author finds himself challenged to understand and accept the values and mindset of his Vietnamese hosts, without surrendering his own Western standards.