I'm Chip Huyen, a master's student at Stanford University, USA. Born and raised in Vietnam, I've noticed three things about books about Vietnamese culture:
1. They are all written by foreigners. A guidebook to a country written by a foreigner is like a cookbook written by someone who has only had experience in looking at the food. There needs to be a book about Vietnamese culture written by a real Vietnamese.2. They all start with the war. Come on, the war ended 4 decades ago! There are so many more cool things in Vietnam.3. They all read like textbooks or phonebooks. I believe that books should be not only informative but also entertaining.
I've spent the last two years interviewing many people: foreigners who have traveled in Vietnam, foreigners who have lived in Vietnam, foreigners who have never been to Vietnam, Vietnamese who have lived overseas, Vietnamese who have never been outside the country, etc. I've combined their opinion into a book called “How to not get your ass kicked in Vietnam: The native’s guide“. But I still need more input to make the book as comprehensive as possible. So please help me through this short survey.
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Thank you very much!