An article published just before Tet by a local contributor about eating dog meat stirred up quite a few feelings among the expats and foreigners who responded to the story on both Facebook and the Tuoi Tre news website. More than a few of my Vietnamese friends were upset and outraged by some of the reactions expressed by foreign readers. There were demands for the story to be withdrawn and lots of derogatory, plain nasty generalizations about the Vietnamese thrown as well. But do the Vietnamese also have the right to express their point of view without getting shouted at by the foreigners in text? And are they really such barbarians in the traffic, super polluters and insensitive noisy, smelly neighbors? Now, there are no surprises that the issue of eating dog meat arouses such passions between locals who see it as part of their way of life and Westerners who see it as a horrible thing to do. Frequent culture shock when two groups rub up against each other’s lifestyles and … [Read more...] about Vietnam: Get used to it!
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A number of expats living in Ho Chi Minh City have shared their opinions with Tuoi Tre News on how one should engage in public debates. A number of expats living in Ho Chi Minh City have shared their opinions with Tuoi Tre News on how one should engage in public debates. The opinions were given in response to a request from the newspaper after a local traffic expert complained that he had received a lot of negative comments over his suggestion to ban motorbikes to ease congestion. Keyboard warrior attitude I see a lot of debates on some of the forums, I always try not to get involved, because a lot of the debates are very immature, and some people are significantly older than me. I see a lot of people who unfortunately are often not very friendly. They’re very one-sided and I think they’re often blind to their bias, or even racist. Sometimes I see foreigners write things like “Vietnamese are this, Vietnamese always eat like this, Vietnamese drive like … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City expats share thoughts on how to debate properly
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about their preference about shopping online and at malls. Here are some of the comments Andrew Burden, Canadian, Ha Noi My age and lifestyle can be described as ‘old school' so I don't order online. I prefer to look and touch products and check them out in a store. About the only thing I would order is a pizza from my trusted corner shop. As times change and smartphone technology is everywhere, I think I'm ready to try online orders. You can get everything from Amazon.com. There is a real danger though, with identity theft, viruses and corporate and government spying. Your Google searches are kept and sold to marketers. My Times City private student mother buys expensive fruit by delivery and makes sure to complain and threaten to stop buying if the quality is not consistently high. I hate the no-sticker-price haggling over price as a foreigner. I always get charged too much. Then everyone smiles and laughs. It really is a caveat … [Read more...] about Customers turn to their phones as online market place gets busy
Hoi An International Food Festival opens The Hoi An International Food Festival "Taste the World", the first of its kind, opened at An Hoi sculpture garden on March 14, attracting 12 chefs from 12 countries worldwide. During the week-long event, the chefs will demonstrate their cooking skills at 12 local restaurants, namely Cargo club, Morning Glory, Inflame club, Mango I, Mango II, Rice Drum, Seafood Garden, Vinh Hung, Seedlings, Mangorooms, Tam Tam and Hai café. The participating restaurants will be decorated and themed to the countries of the visiting chefs, who will prepare traditional dishes from their respective countries. The festival, a new tourism product of Hoi An in 2016, is expected to bring the local cuisine to countries and territories worldwide, thereby popularising the city, its land and people. The ancient city of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam was a renowned international trade port in the 17th century where ships from Japan, China, and European … [Read more...] about Social News 16/3
Comical Ha Noi: A scene of daily life in the ancient capital in Viet Nam's first 3D hi-tech comic. - Photo coutesy Demensional Art by Vu HoaA group of young Hanoians have developed a new way of expressing their love for the ancient capital using 3D technology that preserves and enhances awareness of the country's heritage.The launching of Viet Nam's first 3D comic by Dimensional Art has been an effort to inspire love for Ha Noi through images of the cultural beauty and historical architecture of each locality in the country. The comic is full of sparkling shots of the capital city.Dimensional Art's director, architect Dinh Viet Phuong, has nurtured his long-time desire to create a Vietnamese 3D comic series since 2009."The comic builds a familiar world in which every reader can see themselves. It is a popular and simple collection of characters and context," Phuong says.The comics originate in a Son Tinh (Mountain Genie) and Thuy Tinh (Water Genie) legend from the reign of the … [Read more...] about Taking a hi-tech look at historical Ha Noi