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小栗久美子 (Kumiko Oguri) is a Japanese women who studied Vietnamese in college and went to Vietnam for her study abroad. She plays traditional Vietnamese bamboo instrument professionally. Some of you might be interested in the contrast between Japanese attitudes of Vietnam versus her reply:
Q. You had the guts to go and study in Vietnam just to learn the tâ€™rung. Iâ€™m blown away. Vietnam doesnâ€™t have the greatest sanitation, and in a sense it requires a certain degree of fortitude to get by, but you managed to get over that and devote your life to Vietnam. Thatâ€™s quite unique.
A. Oguri:Thank you very much. I love the country of Vietnam. If I were to describe Vietnam in one word, it would be that itâ€™s a very human country. I feel that people are very close to one another there. Compared to Japan, where people have a tendency to percieve others as â€œstrangers,â€ in Vietnam if someone is next to you then you strike up a conversation, and people naturally help one another. I feel that people donâ€™t worry much about â€œpeople I donâ€™t knowâ€ and I think itâ€™s very good and natural.
Here are some videos with Kumiko Oguri. She was also hired to do commercials in Japan. She is a good example of someone who took the effort to learn the culture and language and gained acceptance by the locals.
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Thanks. That is fascinating.
And once again interesting to see that we in the U.S. are the most pussyfooting, PC people on earth. The Japanese interviewer didn't hesitate to say what was on his mind, did he?
Anyway from this, Vietnam sounds more and more like a great place to visit.
Great videos Momopi. The Japanese are a great people, being both polite and intelligent, but one thing I dislike about them is how xenophobic they can be to outsiders. Southeast Asians tend to be a lot more friendlier in that regard. Vietnam is a rising Asian country and is industrializing rapidly. I hope they don't become as self-centered and materialistic as they become wealthier, as most people in the developed world seem to be...
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