A number of foreigners living in Vietnam answered a call by Tuoi Tre News to share their 'journey' of integration into local culture. Respect others, respect yourself I’ve lived and worked in Vietnam for nearly 10 years. When I first arrived here years ago, I was quite surprised with the cultural traditions of the Vietnamese. I mostly knew about Vietnam through my native Vietnamese friends and compatriots who came here before me. Since I was married to a Vietnamese girl, I had many opportunities to learn about the country, especially about the customs, beliefs, and famous people that the Vietnamese community typically respects. I think each country has its own culture and behavior. In accordance with the expression “when in the Rome, do as the Romans do," I think you have to respect the culture when you go to another country. America has a reputation for being a country of freedom, but in fact there are laws that people must abide by, so why give yourself the right to do … [Read more...] about Expats discuss integrating into Vietnamese culture
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Dong stood up, suddenly worried about his mother's casual words. He had been surprised when his old mother began a story about the children of Huan, her eldest son. Now he understood it. An arc of light that reflected the joy and sadness of a man's life had gleamed in mother's consciousness and finally focused on the slight sadness of human existence, a sadness of one about to leave this world. A life mingled with joy and sadness about to go, an extremely simple but sacred life. Actually, it was a very normal, familiar story. Vy, his mother, had once said: "I have a lot of children and grandchildren and this is a god-sent gift, so I have to enjoy it to the fullest." She lived with Nam, her second son, and his family, but after every week or so, she'd go to see her youngest son's family. It was a familiar sight - the gait of a 72-year-old woman who always walked with feeble steps, but in a hurry. She carried some small bags and a plastic basket with all kinds of things for her son. … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – A light that is always on
Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is?Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple dishes, … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
CARACAS - There's a booming new profession in Venezuela: standing in line. The job usually involves starting before dawn, enduring long hours under the Caribbean sun, dodging or bribing police, and then selling a coveted spot at the front of huge shopping lines. As Venezuela's ailing economy spawns unprecedented shortages of basic goods, panic-buying and a rush to snap up subsidized food, demand is high and the pay is reasonable. "It's boring but not a bad way to make a living," said a 23-year-old man, who only gave his first name Luis, as he held a spot near the front of a line of hundreds outside a state supermarket just after sunrise in Caracas. Unemployed until he tried his new career late last year, Luis earns about 600 bolivars, a whopping $95 at Venezuela's lowest official exchange rate but just $3.50 on the black market, for a spot. He can do that two or three times a day. "There's a lady coming at 8 a.m for this place. She's paid in advance," Luis said, patting his … [Read more...] about In shortages-hit Venezuela, lining up becomes a profession
Bun thang is a delicacy which can only be done on holidays, New Year - prepared meticulously and are still the features of a king ... I am a Nha Trang people and have never had the chance to eat bun thang - a dish of Hanoi that is very popular. For years I just visualize and imagine the delicate flavor of the bun thang through articles about food and food culture of Vu Bang in Hanoi " Hanoi tidbit" and "36 streets in Hanoi" by Thach Lam. Therefore, suddenly I have seen a "Hanoi Bun thang" shop on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, I can not move ... … [Read more...] about Bun Thang in Nha Trang