Differences between Vietnam and America

1050 WordsSep 27, 20135 Pages
1 As 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. 2 In 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…show more content…
Children are taught to have their own responsibility over their academics: writing down the notes they think they need to know, Bui 3 staying after class to ask for help, making sure homework is turned in on the due date etc. The American education system mostly focuses on developing children’s communication skills, creativity, and personal style during their elementary, middle, and high school years. 6 Another big difference of both countries is food. Vietnamese foods include: rice or noodles, meat, and vegetables in every meal. Almost every Vietnamese meal is sit down rather than grab and go. Vietnamese cuisine mostly focuses on varieties of vegetables and herbs in every dish. A Vietnamese dinner normally includes white rice, a small plate of typical sauce, a bowl of soup, a dish of vegetables, and two dishes of animal meat, which could be pork, beef, fish, and chicken. The vegetables can be made with plenty of different methods: boil, steam, fry, grill, or sometimes we eat raw. The main spices Vietnamese people use to make their food are garlics, peppers, sugar, monosodium glutamate, chicken bouillon, and fish sauce. That makes a harmonious mixture of sweet, spicy, salty taste. 7 Whereas Vietnamese people prefer complicated homemade foods, Americans would rather grab and go. Fast food restaurants are growing on every corner with plenty choices like Arby’s, McDonald, Chick-fil-A, Checkers, Burger King etc. It is very convenient for people with a busy
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