If you’re thinking of coming to Vietnam to work, but you’re the ‘Politically Correct’ type or ‘Sensitive’ type, then don’t bother coming. The Vietnamese call a spade a spade and that’s one of the reasons I love them. There is NO politically correct culture here, if you’re fat, they’ll call you fat. If you’re ugly, they’ll call you ugly. You better get used to it, deal with it!! Vietnam isn’t full of sensitive types who need safe spaces and constant reassuring that they are worthy people.
They call me ‘Ong Tay Beo’ which roughly translates to ‘Fat Foreign Uncle’ and I love it. Wherever I go I hear calls of ‘Beo’ and it’s one of those things I just need to be tolerant of. I’m not here to change the Vietnamese culture, I’m here to integrate and learn about it, take it on board and live it.
Frequently I hear foreigners in the bars, around town, at home bbq’s and other places always talking rubbish about the Vietnamese and how the Vietnamese don’t know how to do anything correctly. They constantly complain that Vietnamese should do things the same as the western countries. This really pisses me off. If you want to come to Vietnam and live in their country then you better learn to follow their laws and respect their way of life and culture.
Vietnamese are among the most well-rounded people I have met in Asia and when I hear these arrogant foreigners talking about how western culture is superior then it really gets me angry. There are plenty of foreigners here who are positive about the life here, the people, the culture and the lifestyle, and they’re the kind of people I like to hang out with.