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Vietnam: Caring for Parents

Categories: East Asia, Vietnam, Ideas, Indigenous

Virtual Doug in a post titled Filial Piety [1] talks about the differences in parent child relationship in Vietnam and the US. “The American and Asian cultures are very, very different in the ways they look at honoring Mom and Dad. My Vietnamese students made it very clear that merely sending money to their parents was not considered to be caring for them. To my students (mostly female) “caring” for one’s parents meant cooking for them and being physically with them at all times. Of course, the concept of a nursing home is almost unheard of in Việt Nam.”