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Vietnamese Culture American Culture Being a Vietnamese-American is very tough on me because I have to deal with two different cultures and traditions My parents were brought up in a different culture therefore it is hard for them to adapt to a new one I live and I am influenced by the American culture My friends my school the television the radio and the Internet are some examples of the everyday things that influence me On the other hand my parents try very hard to raise me the best way they can and they do that by raising me the only way they know how They bring me up the same way they were brought up I understand that it is very difficult to adopt a new way and style of teaching but it is also very difficult and frustrating for me to try and understand their teaching style when I am taught otherwise at school The Vietnamese tradition is that parents are always correct no matter what My opinions and ideas would not matter to them If they believe I did something wrong I would not have a chance to explain I must apologize immediately and except the punishment Nevertheless the children will have very much respect towards their parents Obedience is everything to the Vietnamese people and heart to heart talks are seldom brought about Parents would hardly ever talk to their children and punishments are most likely enforced with the whip Advice is rarely given and overall it is a very strict culture Parents would select the marriage From whom it is going to be to whom is going to attend Bringing honor to the family is the most important thing All Vietnamese families compete for good reputation To the Vietnamese tradition parents own their children They can do whatever they please to their children and the public would not care However the American traditions are rather different Children have
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