Differences between Vietnam and America

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1As a girl who was born and raised in Vietnam, a third world country, and then moved to the United States of America three years ago, I experienced a big culture shock. Everything was very different here compared to where I come from. It was a big opportunity for me to explore the new world. I got to learn about the differences between Vietnamese and American families, education, and food. 2In Vietnam, family is very important; everybody in the family stays close together. It does not matter what age you are, you can still live at home with your parents until whenever you are ready to move out. Plus, you cannot have a job while you are attending high school or college. Your parents will take care of all the expenses while you are still in school. When you are done with all the schooling, have graduated with a degree, and you can work, then you can move out. Parents do that because they do not want their children to worry about anything else. Students can do well in school, get out with high degrees, and find good jobs. Though, some college students still work very little hours tutoring high school students to help out the family. Vietnamese people, even when they are married, have kids, or move out of their parents’ homes, are still close within their cities or counties. These habits and customs have infiltrated into every aspect of Vietnamese society. 3In the US, some children are moving out of their families at a very early age, and parents are agreeing to it. A lot of families here spread out and move far away from home to another state; they do not get a chance to come home and visit often. American kids are disrespectful to Bui 2

their parents by Vietnamese standards. Children can absolutely disagree with parents or even fight back. If that situation happens in Vietnamese culture, we consider it disrespectful and ungrateful, so it rarely or never happened. 4Vietnam and America are not only different in family culture, but they are also different in...
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