(Closed) Vietnamese FH…need some advice!

posted 7 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
645 posts
Busy bee

I’m engaged to a Vietnamese guy too. What a have noticed about Viet people is that they really care about appearances and impressing others. For example… they lie to their friends and say that my Fiance is further along with his schooling that he really is… because of status or they invite as many of their friends as possible to their kids wedding and they need to at least feed them lobster and 6 courses of food for the wedding because they want to show off. At least that’s what I gathered from being around his family, seeing his sister go through the whole wedding thing last year and now this time around us. 

Now i’ve never experienced something with my Fiance where he’ll get angry at me and stop speaking to me over something so small. If it is something that is still bothering you speak to him about it again. 

From what I know, my guess is that if you go based off of the same idea… he didn’t want to look like you two were having a fight or you were bossing him around in public. I’m guessing he’s not a fan of PDA either. My Fiance isn’t a fan of PDA either but I happen to be shy as well. 

Post # 4
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My ex is Vietnamese and wasn’t a fan of PDA either and would get upset if I (his words, not mine) “disrespected him in public”. 

My Chinese fiance isn’t all that much different (except for the PDA).  I guess they prefer their women to be more reserved and let them take the lead.  They can behave hypocritical sometimes.  I don’t know how to solve it but I can suggest to try delivering your presentation of caution differently and see how that works.

My Fiance and I still butt heads b/c I’m a Type A personality and so is he.  I think it’s also best to talk to him about these situations and tell him that it makes you unhappy when these quarrels take place.  I just give my Fiance time to cool off then all is right again.


Good luck, hun!

Post # 5
9 posts

Oh goody! I’m first-generation Vietnamese, and I don’t date Asians due to the culture and mentality and such practices. Although I am quite Americanized, there are still some Asian influences in my lifestyle, but I am unconventional and non-traditional regardless.

Making good impressions are a big deal with not only Vietnamese culture, but ALL Asian cultures- even Indian(although they are pretty different).

Saving face, pride, ego, being “top dog” is a big deal. A lot of it involves concern for reputation, respect, and dominance. Your man might’ve felt undermined by your “Stop!” but he has some nerve to blame his feelings on you. I really intended to comfort you, but his irrational finger-pointing, and behavior and reasoning really pisses me off. You did nothing wrong but show concern, and instead of being empathetic, he blamed you for embarassing him. Wth is this? HE made himself look like an a$$ the moment he ran across the street in front of cars that had the right of way. I understand pedestrians always have a right, but it’s disrespectful, it’s uncivilized, and it’s DANGEROUS. Here you are, all oppressed by his behavior towards you, when you should be the one questioning his hazardous actions, and why he would put you at risk of a heart attack if he were to get hit by a car. *sigh* 

 This is just about running across the street (in public), who knows what else is to come if you were to marry him. I coudn’t marry such a man. I want to amke sure you understand and remember that I am also 1st-gen Viet-American, and I don’t do stuff like that or react/behave the way he does. It’s not you, it’s him. 😉

*hugs* for you

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