Vietnam Culture And The Vietnam

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Vietnam Culture Vietnam is actually three parts, the North, Middle and South and is located in Southeastern Asia. There are about fifty four different ethnic groups within Vietnam, and the population is in the millions. The Vietnam Culture is much different than that of the United States. Every aspect of their culture has a meaning, and a purpose, from birth’s to grieving they take very seriously. The Vietnamese people who have migrated to the United States still live in much of the cultural ways, if not they may be ousted by their families although this is rare, it does happen. Vietnam has always been a poverty stricken country, with nearly 60% of the population being near the poverty line, but “by 2006 that figure had dropped to under 20%” (WorldBank), but even with this decline in the poverty rate, minorities have seen a much slower rate of regression, as well as the rate of food poverty and hunger. With there being fifty four ethnic groups speaking seven different language groups, there is much diversity within the Vietnamese culture. “The largest minority group, the Tay, has nearly 1.5 million members, while the smallest, the O Du, has barely 300” (WorldBank). The majority of the minority groups that live in Vietnam live within two regions, the Northern Mountains and Central Highlands with most of these groups living in the rural areas. Vietnamese is basically a Latin monosyllabic language having six tones, which give the language a sing-song effect. Every word has only one syllable and can be repeated with any one of six tones to indicate six different meanings. For example, the word ma has six different meanings according to the tone which the word carries: phantom, ghost; cheek; but, which, who... ... middle of paper ... ...nsible for his spouse until death (Pham). Many customs are rooted in both the Confucian respect for education, family and elders. Although Confucian is more of a behavior than a religion, which is a belief that man creates his own destiny. The majority of the Vietnamese are Buddhist which 90% of the people practiced before the war. There are two types of Buddhist, the southern Hinayana, who believe that only monks and nuns are able to achieve, and the northern Mahayana, who believe that anyone can achieve (LaBorde, 2014). There are a few other religions practiced in the Vietnam culture, such as, Christianity, which was the religion of most of the first wave of Vietnamese immigrants to arrive in the US. Many of the elders worship astrology. Then there is Cao Dai, and Hoa Hoa, but these have little to no influence in today’s Vietnamese Culture (LaBorde, 2014).
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