There are a lot of differences between Vietnamese custom and Western custom. From a unique and funny angle of view, the following album will highlight the main differences between the two cultures.
1. The way to express personal opinions
The Westerners have a blunt way of speaking and go straight to the point.
In contrast, Vietnamese people often have a roundabout way of saying. They attach much importance to the flexible language.
The Western people are more self-dependent than the Vietnamese.
Punctuality is very important in the meetings of the Westerners. People do not have to come early but coming late is really impolite and unprofessional.
It is a little bit different in Vietnamese custom because people sometimes can be flexible about time.
In the West, there is only a difference between the boss and the staff which is the boss has a higher position, a higher impact and higher salary.
In opposite, a boss in Vietnam is considered a “giant”.
Generally, the relationship among Vietnamese people is more complicated than the Westerners’.
6. The way to express emotion
The Vietnamese seem to be better in hiding emotion.
7. “Queuing culture” in Vietnamese custom
In big cities in Vietnam, “queuing culture” is familiar with everybody. However, in general, queuing habit has not become “a default Vietnamese custom” in society yet.
The Westerners appreciate the ego, personal capacity and personalities. They require others to respect everything related to personal affair.
In Vietnamese custom, people highly appreciate the modesty. To be more specific, that people forget their ego is considered as a virtue.
In most parties, the Westerners often stand in small groups whereas Vietnamese people always sit in a big group.
10. The noise in public areas
Western people are very afraid of talking loudly in public areas. For examples, in restaurants, they only speak loud enough for opposite people to hear.
11. Ideal beauty
Most people in Vietnam want to have a white skin while brown skin is more popular in the West.
12. Children in family
In the West, children are equal to other family members because they have their own rights and duties. Certainly, they are more independent than Vietnamese children.
The Westerners often have fast-food for breakfast and dinner.
In Vietnam, dinner mostly includes rice, meat, soup and fish. Especially, this kind of meal is very typical in Vietnamese custom.
14. Life of the old
The old in the West: strolling with dogs
In Vietnam: the old usually stroll with children.
Western people: bathing in the morning before going to work.
Vietnamese people: bathing before going to sleep at night.
Photos by dantri.com.vn