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    Ngan Huynh Professor Maltman ENGC 1101–09 10 May 2017 Ethnography Essay “Ai mua banh beo hong?” (Who wants to eat banh beo?) Street vending is the must try experience visitors should have when they come to Vietnam. Imagine every morning when you wake up, somebody reaches your home and sells everything you need to cook for today. The long existence of street vending proves that Vietnamese people are really open to old culture while adapting new shifting in their culture. Although the modernization of society has impacted on the activities of street vendors, Vietnam will lose its culture without street vendors. Street vendors have existed for hundreds of years in Saigon – Dong Duong. In the 1880s, when the French colonized Indochina, the city…

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    The employees communicate among themselves in Vietnamese however they use broken English when talking to customers. Language is perhaps the most frequently cited contributor to ethnic identity (Gudykunst and Ting-Toomey, 1990; Hurtado and Gurin, 1995; Miller and Hoogstra, 1992). During the interview what stood out to me was the lack of English spoken by Tina. The common misconception is that because people do not speak fluent English then they do not comprehend English; this is totally…

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    questioned my heritage when I was younger though in less subtle ways. They would ask whether I was Chinese or Vietnamese—or simply speak to me in their respective language—due to my light skin and Asian-looking facial features. Similarly, when I was in Nicaragua, people I would walk by would yell out “china” at me, implying that I am from China. When told that I was Filipino-American, they either denied that I was Filipino or denied that I was American. In both of these ways, outsiders would…

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    School became one of my biggest influences to the decision of my in-group. Before I was even placed into school, I claimed myself to be Asian at the time. My parents were in the process of teaching me the Vietnamese language and some of its traditions. Traditions such as Vietnamese New Years and the proper way to greet my elderlies. I was already accustomed to the Vietnamese cuisines because my mother knew how to cook Vietnamese food and our family went down to Charlotte almost every weekend,…

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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…

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    Philong Nguyen ICS 7 1:30-3:20 Personal Culture Assignment I am a Vietnamese-American born and raised in San Jose, California. Growing up here, I had the opportunity to experience many different cultures, from Vietnamese to Mexican, Indian, Greek, Mediterranean, Japanese and Chinese. All these different cultures but the beginning of my life still only stuck to one, vietnamese. Growing up, I was told to be successful, to be better, to do something with my life, told to find help when I need it,…

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    Santa Ana, I couldn 't believe how pretty the building looked on the outside. The church I attend doesn 't look nearly as fancy and ornate. Before we went inside, my friend told me I would have to take off my shoes. I thought that was strange considering we don 't do that at my church, but I didn 't want to be rude or disrespectful so I took them off. It appeared we had arrived to the service late so we sat by the entrance in one of the few chairs that were in the room. Everyone else was…

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    committed by Americans during the Vietnam War. The interviews with soldiers and government officials juxtaposed with footage of the carnage in Vietnam strikingly demonstrated just how extreme the disconnect between American’s perception of what was happening in Vietnam and the lived experiences of the Vietnamese people was. The American public perceived the conflict as a war against communism that must be fought by the U.S, as we are the only ones capable of winning the fight, without every…

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    background. For example, if a doctor was not familiarized with the values, beliefs, or behaviors of a Vietnamese American, could the doctor really provide the proper etiquette to the patients? Bio-cultural Variations and Cultural…

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    According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Vietnamese population alone consists of 1,548,449 individuals. They are the fourth largest among the Asian population; an increase of 37.9% compared with the total Asian population growth at 43.2%. Although over half of the Vietnamese live in the west region of the United States; between 2000 and 2010, the South had experienced the largest percentage growth in Vietnamese population, by 34.1% (2010 U.S. Census). As the fifth most populous county in Florida,…

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