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Unique people group resources and places in need of churches
In Vietnam, the family unit is central to all its
members; its structure is paternal. In trying to deal with American culture, in
which families are primarily nuclear and women are highly honored, many young
Vietnamese married couples have relational difficulties often resulting in
divorce. Today, the percentage of divorces among US Vietnamese families is one
of the highest among ethnic groups. Fortunately, other patterns, such as
relationships between parent and child and grandparent and child, are
Whether in their homeland or in the United States,
the Vietnamese people tend to value learning and scholarship. They take
advantage of the educational opportunities in the United States. Some pursue
advanced degrees upon college graduation and job establishment.
Upon arriving in the United States, the Vietnamese
industriously look for jobs to provide for their families. They enjoy working,
making money, and being self-employed. Usually, their first purchases in the
United States include cars, stereos, televisions, and furniture. Home ownership
symbolizes a progressive family.
Most Vietnamese live at a slow pace. They do not try to accomplish everything
in one day, with the exception of people living in farming areas.
Vietnamese living in the United States are adjusting to the American concept
that time is money.
It has been said that the Vietnamese are a people
who never trust each other. This sentiment, in part, is a result of Vietnam’s
history of civil war. Vietnamese immigrants are less distrustful in the United
States. They favorably respond to Americans who seek their friendship. The
Vietnamese expect friends to visit in their homes. In group settings,
especially with Anglos present, they may be timid because of their limited
knowledge of the English language. They are more comfortable sharing their
ideas with individuals than before groups. It takes time to help the Vietnamese
understand church activities, as well as Christian friendships that
Most Vietnamese eat the same foods as Anglos, but
cook them differently. The food is often boiled instead of fried. The first
immigrants continue to prepare indigenous dishes. These are served at
church potluck dinners and parties in Vietnamese communities.
Most Vietnamese are proud of their nationality and
culture. They value traditions of individual achievement, honor and dignity.
They respect knowledge and take pride in being educated. They do not boast
about their achievements. They prefer to own their businesses, rather than be
employed by someone else.
Living in a predominantly Protestant country is
strange to many Vietnamese. Buddhism, Confucianism or Taoism influences 90
percent of the population. In the mind of many Vietnamese, all religions are
Through Christian sponsors, neighbors and friends,
the Vietnamese are gradually realizing and understanding the differences
between Christianity and Buddhism, salvation and emancipation, and real love
and deceptive love. There is a great need and opportunity to reach out to
Vietnamese in the United States. They, like all people, are not truly satisfied
with materialism. They are searching and hungry for the truth, which is found
only in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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