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What do Vietnamese people think about American?

Updated on June 4, 2011

History influences today's relations between countries . Why do Chinese people hate Japanese people? It is because Japan dominated China for years and tortured Chinese people in the past. One of my Chinese friends said to me that most of Chinese people today do not like Japan. They still remember how Japanese facist used weapon to impose Chinese people. I asked her: " If you have a chance to work for a Japanese company which offers you a well-paid job, would you go or not?". " Of course, I will", she answered. She went on to say: " If I have a chance to work for them, I can get to know them more and in depth". She stopped here and I did not ask any further.

I begin my story by telling you relationship between China and Japan. Although just like China Vietnam was ever annexed by Japan and America, Vietnamese people today do not hold that feeling toward American or Japanese. We are more open and friendly.

An American friend of mine asked me:" What do Vietnamese people think about American? Do you hate us?" I answered: " No, of course?'". He was surprised. I know why because I was so when I asked veterans of my village that whether they hated American or not. We do not forget what American did to us in the past, but we do not hold on to it. History tells us who we are, why we are here, but we live for present and head for the future. It is painful when we watch documentary featuring how American soldiers tortured "Vietcong" ( Vietnamese Communists), but we appreciate what American people have done to help us heal the war aftermath. We know we should not resemble things together. I know many American people want to visit places which were battle fields, people who lived and witnessed the war, but they are worried because they are afraid that Vietnamese people won't welcome them, may shout and throw curses at them. However, that is only what American people think. Once they come to Vietnam, things are different. They are welcome by warm-hearted Vietnamese people, even war victims, orange toxic chemical ones.

If you come to ask a mother whose husband and 9 children sacrafied their life for national independence and freedom, you are assured to receive that answer. Revenging only makes our life more difficult, more stifled. It can put us into vicious cycle. We need peace and support each other.

Because of the war, Vietnam was lagged behind other countries for many years. Now, we have to both continue healing the war aftermath so that war victims can live a more comfortable life and develop the country. We are proud of our history, and we want to be friend with other countries, including America. Help us heal this pain if you really care about us.

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      Vy 

      4 years ago

      About 10% of Vietnamese really have contact to foreigners. Because of language barriers, most people who replied to English questions are educated folks with influences of Western culture. What they may answer to this questions might be: we believe the past is the past and Vietnamese people welcome other culture as we're being helped to develop our countries. We're opstimic people who look towards the future.

      The other 90% would answer one or more of these:

      1. They're cold, we can't feel the warmth when near them.

      2. They look nice with their colorful hair, eyes and clothes.

      3. Western kids are adorable.

      4. They are rich.

      5. American movies are great.

      6. American goods and medications are good.

      7. Too logical.

      For me, i would answer:

      I'm no Procuste. I hang out with those who think and live the same no matter where they come from.

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      coffeefan 

      5 years ago

      The United States under Nixon/Kissinger leadership supported Pakistan in 1971 to ensure a successful meeting with Mao in 1972 to cement the Sino-Soviet split and, ultimately, to ring the death knell for the Soviet-led international communist movement. Nehru, while standing against Hitler's fascist regime, did not see a need to take a stand against Stalin's regime or his successors. Notably, Pakistan left SEATO in 1972 after Nixon had scared Moscow with his visit to Mao and the U.S. had no longer had to support Pakistan to prove its credentials to China. Was it necessary for the U.S. to support Pakistan in 1971? If Nixon and Kissinger had a stronger belief in democracy and free market economics, and better appreciated the disasters occurring in China, they may have concluded that there was no need to militarily support Pakistan. I think Nixon has a short-sighted, unidealistic view of the world and didn't appreciate that the faults of the autocratic Soviet and Chinese systems would result in serious reforms in nations around the world regardless of military force and political coercion.

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      pramodgokhale 

      5 years ago from Pune( India)

      Sir,

      Vietnam became testing ground of weapons.If democratic USA was keen to help democratic groups worldwide then under CENTO, CITO they funded Pakistan, under military junta and puppet regimes there.In India Pakistan war USA openly helped and supported Pakistan against India which is democratic country,We were the victims of cold war.

      Kissinger refused to help India to solve Bangladesh problem.

      Yes USA helped India too but we were member of non-aligned nations so there were differences and we have our mixed economy.

      We had thee wars with Pakistan and Pakistan fought with American weapons and our economy badly suffered.

      USSR and China were aggressive to promote Communism and many places they did it by military intervention.

      In Indonesia Dutch entered again after WW II but got freedom.Churchill was against India and always said we will not leave colonies but Roosevelt and later US regimes were against Imperialism

      Cold war is over and under Globalization we are on new course of development.

      Thank you Sir,

      pramod gokhale

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      coffeefan 

      5 years ago

      I agree with m1rock. The funding under the Marshall Plan was about supporting democracy/capitalism/EU-unity against the autocratic, divisive Soviet model. The U.S. couldn't do a "Marshall Plan" in places like Vietnam because it was torn between its supporting democracy and supporting its ally France. Frankly, the world would probably be a better place if France has more gracefully exited Indochina like Britain exited India.

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      m1rock 

      5 years ago

      pramodgokhale That is wrong. America helped fund rebuilding Japan just like they did Germany, and the Japanese are not white people. The reason America didn't rebuild Vietnam, like they did Germany and Japan, was because they where communist and at that time our enemy. That is where powerful communist allies like Russia and China should have stepped in but instead China went to war with Vietnam after America, and they lost too.

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      pramodgokhale 

      5 years ago from Pune( India)

      When we discuss Vietnam and America relations, then there is stark contrast.US destroyed Vietnam ,used all lethal weapons and chemical weapons like "Agent Orange"

      In WW II America saved Europe and defeated Hitler but under Marshal plan funded them to rebuild their nation and economy because Europe is a white race and genetically similar.Vietnam is an Asian country so discrimination was expected. Racism still exists in different form.

      All these events are of cold war and America and her arms industry were the real hero of the cold war.They sold arms ,tested their arms and earned huge profits.Americans who fought in Vietnam under great patriotism were the pawns.

      Healing the wound and begin journey to progress is a part of rebuilding of a nation.I appreciate Vietnam of her courage and fight against Super power .

      thank you

      pramod gokhale

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      Thuyvu89 

      7 years ago from Vietnam

      And thank you for your love for Vietnam. Did you participate in 1968 Offensive

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      Thuyvu89 

      7 years ago from Vietnam

      Dear sir,Have you visited Vietnam again?

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      feenix 

      7 years ago

      ThuyVu89, I was in the U.S Army and was stationed in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. And even during the war, I found the Vietnamese people to be very nice and quite hospitable. In fact, I always think about Vietnam and I know that if there had not been a war, I would have enjoyed living there. It is a wonderful and beautiful country.

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