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Vietnamese Culture Values

Tale of Vietnamese Dragon

Thang Long Dragon

In Asian myths, no creature is as impressive as the dragon. For Vietnamese peasants, the dragon was a vivid symbol of the fourfold deity-clouds, rain, thunder and lighting.

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Beauty of the Ancient Architecture

One Pillar Pagoda

Apart from Hoi An, Hanoi is Vietnam's only city where ancient streets can be found. These streets still keep the same appearance that they had at the end of 19th century. According to historical sources, they have been the true core of Thang Long since its foundation nearly a thousand years ago.

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Paper Fan

Vietnamese paper fan

In Vietnamese tradition, the paper fan was an indispensable item in times of yore, one of eight prized objects in every household - the others being a gourd bowl, a quill pen, a Ty Ba (four-string guitar), an orchid, a chess-set, a sword and a feather-duster.

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Vietnamese Spiritual Life

In Vietnamese society, people have a habit of being superstitious and this has been part of their daily life. On such occasions as marriages, funerals and open new house, people will try to choose a propitious date.

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Educational System of Viet Nam in The Past

Temple of Literature

Because of 1000 years under the cruel domination of Chinese, there are no records which indicate that a formal education system in Vietnam was established Before Christ or even under the Chinese conquers years from 207 BC to 939 AD.

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Vietnamese Family and Social Culture

Before the late 1980s, nearly all Vietnamese people lived in villages, and the cultivation of wet rice was the principal economic activity. The basic component of rural society was the nuclear family, composed of parents and unwed children.

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Vietnamese Family Life

Vietnamese life is profoundly influenced by ancestor worship. Children learn at a very early age that they owe everything to their parents and their ancestors. Doing well in school and working hard honors one's parents and the family name. Respect for parents and ancestors is extended to all elders, whose life experiences are valued.

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Communicating with Vietnamese

Many languages and dialects are spoken in Vietnam, but Vietnamese is the official language and the language of most people. Many older Vietnamese are familiar with French or English. Interest in English has been rising, with language schools opening throughout the country.

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Vietnamese Social Relationships

The desire to achieve harmony between the self and the non-self remains an essential preoccupation of the Vietnamese in interpersonal relations outside the family group. The basic principles underlying family relationships is extended to the relationships between members of wider social groups.

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Vietnamese Non-verbal Communication

As in most cultures, non-verbal communication plays an important role in Vietnamese society, sometimes to accompany and reinforce linguistic symbols, sometimes as a substitute for words.

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Vietnamese Traditional Family Values

Traditional values of Vietnamese lifestyle were deeply affected by Confucian ethics. During thousand years the Chinese invaded and maintained control Vietnam, Vietnamese culture was permeated by their Confucian philosophical beliefs. This philosophy based for the existence of and extended family structure through 2,000 years of Vietnamese history.

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The Vietnamese Value System

The Vietnamese value system is based on four basic tenets: allegiance to the family, yearning for a good name, love of learning, and respect for other people. These tenets are closely interrelated.

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