Mirror Reflections – Vietnam & Russia

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Vietnamese life is profoundly influenced by ancestor worship. Children learn at a very early age that they owe everything to their parents and their ancestors. Doing well in school and working hard honours one’s parents and the family name. Respect for parents and ancestors is extended to all elders, whose life experiences are valued.

Marriage and family are very important in Vietnam. In the countryside, parents often arrange marriages; divorce remains uncommon, though is more frequent in cities. In traditional Vietnamese families, roles are rigid. The man of the house is primarily responsible for the family’s economic well-being and takes pride in his role as provider. Women are expected to submit to their husbands or to their eldest sons when widowed, and girls to their fathers. Older children help to look after younger siblings. Discipline is viewed as a parental duty, and spanking is common once children are past early childhood.


Russian families are large and friendly. The meaning of the family in Russia is not limited to the husband, wife and children. It stretches to include grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces. The members of the Russian family closely communicate with each other and frequently get together, especially on such family occasions as birthdays and anniversaries. Just like in any family, there might be misunderstandings and even quarrels among family members, however one thing is certain: Russians cherish their families and are always ready to help their relatives in difficult times. The tradition that everyone should love their own home and protect their family is instilled into Russians since the early childhood.

As we can see family life can be different depending on where you live.

But no matter what, family is family.

Something to think about.

5 thoughts on “Mirror Reflections – Vietnam & Russia

  1. You almost hit the nail in my head on the culture, sir! I haven’t read all of your blogs, so not sure if you ever traveled to Vietnam or learned about Vietnamese culture through books and online information.

      1. Hello Teavoh,

        Actually what I do is look for someone who currently lives in your country. Because I know how to look for expats, it’s been the easiest way to find someone that can share about their culture from an outsiders prospective, but I would love to share the thoughts and feeling of those who come from far and wide. I’d welcome having you do a guest post on your culture and country if you are interested. Let me know if you are interested.

      2. I was originally from South Vietnam actually. I still have a lot of friends from high school and college over there. Hopefully I can find someone that may be able to help you. Please send me an email to vina_hermes@yahoo.com about this.

      3. The actually saying is, hitting the nail on the head. But I understood what you meant. I am a English teacher here in Russia so I’m used to seeing this.

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