Reflection On My Childhood In Vietnam

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One fall evening, my father and I went to eat a local Vietnamese restaurant. During dinner, I decided to interview him about his experience in the Vietnamese l culture. I interviewed him because he could offer a unique perspective. You see, my father left Vietnam in 1979 at the age of 19 to escape fighting for the Communist party. As such, his life experience includes a multitude of cultures; French-Vietnamese, Communist, and American. As our conversation evolved, we spoke of pre and post-communism; compared to Western culture.
Some of the things he noted were the culture shock of trying to assimilate to the American language, its idioms, and regional differences. He also struggled to understand the religious customs, the music, the clothes, and more importantly the food.
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In my “My Childhood in Vietnam” Tuan Nguyen talks about how the people in Vietnam would get around on motorcycles in a rather unsafe fashion from a western point of view.
“There were no rules when you drove on the road. He recalls no one follows the rules at stop signs or observe speed limits. Although he admits, no car or motorcycle ever went past 30 mph in his county. He also explained that no one wore helmets. He said it was normal to have 3-4 people on a motorcycle and some women would even hold their infants in one hand while they maneuvered the motorcycle with the opposing hand and carried a basket of fresh

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