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I come from a very traditional Vietnamese family where culture is greatly stressed in the household Growing up I was taught to follow this culture I followed it because it was the first thing I learned Respect morality and maintaining a good reputation for the family are some of the most important practices of my culture Vietnamese culture surrounds me everyday Responsibilities at home from everyday chores to family obligations Im one of the caretakers for my grandmother who is unable to be self-reliant She was my caretaker when I was young and my mother had to work and now its my turn to do the same Taking care of the elderly is first priority in my family And so everything else must fall behind this obligation In following my traditional values I put everything aside to ensure that my grandmothers needs are met My friends must come after my family Morality is also stressed in my family I am to judge whether something is right or wrong in conjunction with what is good for the family For example I am to always side with my family first no matter what circumstance are involved They can never be wrong and if they are it is not spoken of Maintaining a good reputation for the family is one of the most crucial aspects How others see the family means a great deal There must never be a tarnish on the family name And from that high grades from children and good jobs with worthy compensation by adults are highly looked upon This is one of the more difficult practices to accomplish A great deal of my time is devoted to studying and achieving good grades which is an expected requirement However I am still striving to fulfill this wish My culture has been the basic block from which my own identity has grown And from which I can never separate However I
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