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Vietnam has always been a country of great potential
right smack in the middle of all those shipping lanes.  Singapore plays this role right now.  Finance, education, large port.

Yes as much as you want to support vn, they must excell in customer service. If everything is equal, I would pick vn. But if you are treated lousily, you don’t want to do business with them. They need to learn.
I know some  Viet Kieu retirees who went back to live full time.
It would be great for VN for Viet kieu or foreigners to bring to VN the global business sense, technology and business values of the West.  Vietnam need direction on it's economy with real active experts to lead, not just straight up copying business models without a sense of direction where it's heading.

You could also help from overseas also by doing business from afar without actually stepping foot on VN.  But it's better doing business in person so that the locals can emulate.   

I fly Thai Airways whenever I travel to Southeast Asia because of superior customer service.  The Vietnamese companies really need to learn from Thai people when it comes to service.  Vietnam is an aggressive business player and I have zero doubt they will substantially divert business from Thailand in the coming years and not just in transportation.  I want to support Vietnamese businesses but they need to prove that they are worth it and not just use price to attract customers.
General Discussion / Re: Is there not a single Vietnamese in Vermont?
« Last post by Qu Đơn on Today at 10:20:04 AM »
I used to buy fruits at and vegies at Asian markets but the Colombian Market near my place has most of that stuff. 
They got some good articles and looks like the staff are mostly Vietnamese Americans.
General Discussion / Re: Is there not a single Vietnamese in Vermont?
« Last post by gaden on Today at 10:11:23 AM »
I live 1/2 mile from 20 different Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean supermarkets.  I would like to live next door to an Asian supermarket so that I don't have to travel to far to get those peanuts coated snacks.  I could always hang around with Mexican buddies and drink a Tsing Tao in front of the supermarket.

I don't understand why people would live so far in the suburb away from civilization.  It's very inconvenient and lonely as heck.  Why not live close so you can see gang activities.
I say no phugging way.  For business hell no. For retirement, hell no also.   I´d rather be in Thailand before I consider any other Asian country.  Costa Rica seems nice also.

I’m a Vietnamese American. I’ve been living in Vietnam for seven years now. And in that time, I’ve only come back to the States a total of four times. Each time was less than a month. In other words, I’ve been living in this country full-time, non-stop. And if you’re a Vietnamese American, old or young, first generation or second generation, I think you should live here too.

America is great, but Vietnam could be greater
I was born and raised in the United States. I studied American history, I graduated from an American university. All of my close friends are Americans who still live in America, but after two years out of university, I moved straight into the Mekong Delta to teach in the countryside at An Giang University. Three and a half years later, I moved up to Ho Chi Minh city. In that time, I’ve seen all the big brands slowly enter Vietnam from KFC to Starbucks to Lotteria and Circle K. And I’ve slowly witnessed the rise of Vietnamese brands like Trung Nguyen, Highlands, Kinh Do, Jasmine Rice, and more.

When I first came to Vietnam at the age of 5, this country was full of bicycles and xich lo’s. Jeans were a thing of the aristocracy and cars were rare. In 20 years, Vietnam’s landscape has changed significantly, along with the rest of Southeast Asia. Asia’s time has come.

On the other hand, since I left the States things appear to be deteriorating. It’s a country which I cherish deeply, whose people are open, sharing, spirited, and hard working. A country whose innovation still leads the world. It’s a place home to New York, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, the oil industry, the music industry, and more. But at the same time, it’s also home to the NSA, a waning economy, dangerously divisive politics, and a steady lack of morale. The USA is no longer the center of the world. And that is a good thing. The opportunities are across the world now.
The harsh reality of Vietnam’s top and bottom

Now, it’s not all flowers and lollipops in Vietnam. There’s a lot of reasons why it’s not Singapore, or more aptly compared, it’s not like South Korea. Vietnam, despite its enormous potential hasn’t lived up to it. In fact, it’s a running joke that “Vietnam is always in a state of great potential.” Even the World Bank came out with a gripping video on the more than 15 million people who still live in poverty in Vietnam that underlines Vietnam’s still-systemic issues. It’s not easy.

On an everyday level, Vietnamese people are not as educated, not as polite, not as open, and not as forward thinking as Westerners. On a political and legal level, some characterize it as a minefield. Economically, Vietnam has been struggling since 2008 and 2009 to get back on its growth spurt of the early 2000’s (although latest reports from government and international studies seem to be pointing to a renewed growth entering 2014). That’s the reality.

And on top of that, there’s the predicament of living here as an Overseas Vietnamese.

Advice for being a Viet Kieu in Vietnam

If you’re an Overseas Vietnamese not living in Vietnam, you’re bound to have preconceived notions about Vietnam, Vietnamese people, and what your place in this society is if you come here. It’s inevitable. We can’t help but have preconceived notions when we travel to a new place. But if I could give advice to any new Vietnamese Overseas hoping to live in Vietnam, this would be it: “Get off of your high seat in thinking that you know more than Vietnamese people or know Vietnam well or know how you can help. Stop bullshitting about what you’ve done and what you know. And sit down and listen to every single Vietnamese person you meet. I’m serious. Cut your own arrogance constantly. Don’t be chảnh.”

This is a fault I’ve seen in older Vietnamese Overseas, in younger ones, and in myself as well. And it never helps. Listening first, adapting, and responding to what the real needs and concerns of the people here is the only way. Prescribing solutions is great only if you truly know the diseases. And knowing the diseases is not something you can learn in 5 months or even a year. If you really want to make an impact, build a community, and grow Vietnam to the next level, you have to stick it out, be patient, listen, and keep going. Vietnamese people are complex (just like all people) and learning how to work with them and for them takes effort and lots of time. Don’t lose hope, don’t turn into a person who complains all the time, and develop empathy. And the irony is, the minute you start to understand how things work in Vietnam, things have already shifted, things change so fast.
And this fast change is exactly where you can place your hope. In fact, the setbacks of Vietnam are also where you can stake a lot of your hope for Vietnam. Despite all the harshness of politics, economics, and daily lives of Vietnam, it presents an exciting landscape for young Overseas Vietnamese looking for a challenge and older Overseas Vietnamese who want to make a big impact. Being educated and living abroad for so long, we have insight into where Vietnam could be and we bring a much needed unique perspective to Vietnam’s development.

Think about it, over $10 billion came back to Vietnam in 2013 in the form of remittances from abroad. What if all this money came in the form of human value? What if it came in the form of mentorship, trade, business deals, actual human resources, and more?
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