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Vietnamese women in comparison to American women follow a well-regulated set of customs They follow the traditions that have been passed along for many centuries While Vietnamese womens lives are largely regulated by their native traditions American women have lives filled with choices Where the Vietnamese women follow a narrow path of their own customs American women have before them a vast field of freedom Vietnamese women are taught to stay loyal to three kinds of people parents husbands and children To their parents and husbands they must show complete obedience This involves the never-ending tasks such as housework caring for their family and whatever else the woman is instructed to do The Vietnamese parents want their children to learn through hard work and show gratitude for one day they may have nothing They have little independence so they are rarely allowed to make their own decisions In contrast American women tend to be more independent and much stronger American parents sometimes give their children more freedom so they can learn from their experiences and use that information to make their own decisions An American woman may have responsibilities but plenty of experience will come into play Relationships between family and friends personal and business will prep her for future situations that she will face Soon she will learn why those silly fami ly get-togethers mean family values and how her first job at Burger King help her appreciate what she already has in her present life Obedience is expected in the American family but so is a degree of independence especially as the woman grows older Even in aspects of daily life both subtle and major differences can be found between the two female cultures Unlike American women Vietnamese women dont just go to the grocery store to buy food If the family were to raise some chickens the women would slit its throat and throw it into the pot But not many families
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