The lifestyle of Vietnamese people varies from region to region and between the young and old generation. However, there are some aspects of life remaining unchanged. People in this Southeast Asian country, especially in rural areas have long had reputation for being kind, hospitable and hard-working. Family places an indispensable part in Vietnamese life. There still exist extended families with two or three generations living under the same house.
For married couples, it is common for both husband and wife to work, so their parents will help them keep an eye on young preschool children. In the absence of traditional caregivers, children are taken to nursery school or day care centres during the day. Traditionally, children are expected to be obedient and respectful toward elders, especially their parents and to help with household chores. Throughout the country, the lifestyle of Vietnamese is under a significant influence of age-old Confucian virtues of benevolence which respect social order, trustworthiness, determination, and the duty to help the less fortunate. Education is of great importance to Vietnamese people, so Vietnamese children are now given adequate education since they was at small age.
An old style of Hanoian family with 3 generations living together
In the past, children are taught to keep and follow the family lifestyle, and they were not allowed to have their own voice in their family. This is resulted from the family ties at that time which did not let the young people creates their own conception of lifestyle. Nowadays, they are still obedient to their parents but are free to express their thought and feeling.
In the cities, everyday start as usual by getting up in the early morning to do exercise in public parks, preparing for a full day of working and studying, then immersing in crowed boulevards or narrow streets filled with motor scooters and returning home after a busy day. Industrialization and modernization as well as global integration have big impact on lifestyle in the cities. The most noticeable impact is the Western style of clothes. The “Ao Dai”- Vietnamese traditional clothes are no longer regularly worn in daily life except in the banks and high schools. Instead, trousers and shirts are widely preferred.
Áo dài in Đà Lạt
In the countryside, villagers usually earn their living from farming, raising livestock and making handicrafts. They live in a small community with a temple or a communal cultural house where great events, such as festivals worshipping the village god and traditional games are organized. Villagers in the South usually live in houses lined up along central road and built on stilts to keep above floods. Along the coastal lines, fishermen depend on the sea as a means of livelihood.