Why is Vietnam so poor while Vietnamese are so smart?
Quang Nguyen, B.A Accounting, Truman State University (2013)
Vietnamese are not so smart, it’s some ego boost trap from propaganda each Vietnamese must slowly need to unlearn what they thought they are.
I repeat: Vietnamese are not smarter than other people. We cannot compare ourselves with other nations like US, Germany, Japan and even China. We are also not even as good as Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Filio. In fact, we are so average and below such that we should feel ashamed instead of thinking we are smart.
Thinking i’m a bit harsh? Let’s see:
Name a world class Vietnamese in any areas which we are having or use to have. I repeat: world class Vietnamese, meaning what they done is a feat that reaches world class recognition
Name a contribution by a Vietnamese to the world
Name a company from Vietnam which has made empire abroad in country more advance than us
Any invention by Vietnamese worth mentioning
Any speech by a Vietnamese person on TED or TEDx
I can go on …..
And mate, did you feel any struggle to counter ? If we are smart, why the struggle? Calm your educated pride and let me help you truly learn something….
Vietnamese think they are smart because they were taught by older Vietnamese so… We are only smart to make some tricks and hacks , not a systematic approach to solve any problem
But I agree with the notion that we are poorer than the potential we should be. We are not even close to the collective power as a nation we may achieve.
That was because we suck at team work. Our culture were rooted from Confucianism and we are so much group thinking to kiss our leader’s ass by it. With China North, constant wars mean we never were free to chill and think for anything major rather than how to survive or kill this guy or to be independent
Why are we poorer? You got damn right! We are not that smart and let’s take a moment to admit we have sucked in the past and we must tell our future to say let’s get smarter and stop being so poor and calling yourself smart and teaching your kids pride of country when you treat them like shit with your only regards of families and self first
I’m Vietnamese but I don’t think we are smart. Here’s why I don’t think we are smart:
1.When foreigners tell us they bought something from Vietnam, Vietnamese always say “You got ripped off, I can get it for cheaper”.
Well.. what can I say, they are devaluing their own products and create impression that people can spend as least as possible in Vietnam. No wonder why Vietnamese tourism ministry keeps complaining that tourists spend lower in Vietnam than other countries ($8 billion vs Thailand’s $52 billion!!! And even countries with less tourists earned more than Vietnam, for example Indonesia at $15 bln!!!). This is unlike other people who are smarter than us, for example, the Thai, they really know how to get money from tourists well.
- When selling things, Vietnamese always want to sell for cheaper price than competitor. But this makes everyone’s price goes down and everyone gets lower profit, especially when they’re selling the same things.
When I was in Thailand, all vendors sold at roughly the same price. No one played dirty and went half price on the others. Even ta drivers were consistent in the way they ripped people off. Tourists had no choice but pay for an overpriced tuk tuk. More money for Thailand.
3.Vietnamese nationalism is really stupid. It is misplaced nationalism. Does Vietnamese nationalism help Vietnamese? No not really, Vietnamese still watch Chinese movies (while protesting Chinese technology and businesses which some are good for Vietnam), drive Japanese cars, wear American brands, listen to Korean music. Meanwhile Vietnamese nationalism goes crazy and create fake news, rioting and protesting, and spreading fake news and bad mouthing Vietnamese brands (!!). Then complain why Vietnamese brands can’t grow or produce good products (!!!). Same for music and movies, always haters, then complain why Vietnam can’t produce good music.
Say they hate China but are against everything Chinese influence that is actually good for Vietnam, while watching repetitive Chinese dramas (that even the Chinese go nment has banned) and reading Chinese gay novels, and some are even supporting Chinese phone brands over Vietnamese ones (!!!)
4.Complain why infrastructure and big projects don’t get built fast, but refuse to move when the go nment compensates them. Even when the go nment pays them a lot of money plus give them a residence. Then complain why big projects cost so much money and so many delays because of land acquisition problem. If all Vietnamese think for the big picture, Vietnam would be a much better place
5.Not accepting responsibility. Say it’s the go nment’s or other’s fault when it’s actually our fault. Honking on the street, littering everywhere, selling fake food, bribing traffic police, grabbing stool and running away from police when you’re not supposed to sell food on the pavement (then complain about why Vietnam is so messy, why so many vendors on pavement, no space to walk..)
6.Think everything foreigners say is right. Without questioning. Even when they wrongly criticize Vietnam.
Historically we have not been a very smart nation, actually too proud and stupid.
If we were smart history wouldn’t be what it was for us:
1.we should have opened up and learned from Western technology like what the Japanese did. Instead Vietnam closed off and became a hermit kingdom like China. Japan industrialized, while Vietnam became backward and could not fight against colonialism.
2.After Viernam war, we should have left the capitalist class of South Vietnam alone, instead of doing the capitalist purge.
3.After the Vietnam war, we shouldn’t have gone to war with China. Probably also stay out of Cambodia and focus on rebuilding the destroyed economy. We should have implemented Doi Moi and not planned economy at roughly the same time as the Chinese. This means we would have an extra decade of growth. Plus without the capitalist purge, South Vietnam’s companies and industries could have still stayed intact.
And now in the 21st century, we are still too short sighted to recognize our faults. I would say Vietnamese are not smart, we are cunning and sly. Qualities that although might seem to yield positive short term benefits, I don’t think they are positive for long term growth.
The fact that Vietnamese are “smart”, not intelligent, make them a bunch of selfish people.
Many time I got cut ahead while queueing. I once waited in a line in the supermarket, then there was a girl, who just cut ahead of me like it’s a natural thing to do, putting her stuff on the counter. I ask her to queue like everyone else, and she said: “You’re a man, don’t act like a girl”. The sad thing is, the cashier nourish that trait by processing with her. Almost all cashiers will do that, instead of asking her to go the back of the line. That’s why Vietnamese almost never queue.
If you’re waiting for a red line at the intersection in Vietnam, you’ll notice, people will start to move when the red light has about 5 seconds left, not when it turns green. They will clump up with the people moving in the perpendicular direction, and as the result, the traffic will stuck. They’re so “smart”, so they thought they’ll be home 5 seconds faster.
At the intersection also, you can see there is a lane for people who turn right. Vietnamese will fill in that lane, they don’t give a fuck about the people who need to turn right, just to make them closer to the red light, thus they gonna be home 5 seconds earlier, ’cause they’re so smart you know. 5 seconds earlier at the cost of 90 seconds later for a dozens of people have to wait behind them.
你们知嘴里说了句道的，十字路口有右转车道。越南人为了离红问一句灯近一点，再近一点，会把∑ 右转车道堵得死死的，根本不管那些需要右转的人，这样他们就能▃提前5秒到家了，他们就『是这么 “聪明”。为了堵住了他想要说自己早5秒，别人得晚90秒，因为几十个人都得在他们后面等着。
Whenever it rains, there will be a lot of people standing under the bridge that go over a road, despite the fact that they block the traffic of the entire road. They’re smart right, that way they can stay dry. Fuck anyone who is travelling on the road.
The leaders are “smart” too. They always find a way to spend society tax money for themself, and when they step down from power, they have already got citizenship in another country and fled there with all the money they got.
And when Vietnamese go to those “overseas lands”, you will quickly find that they are no different to Vietnam, and the reason they’re rich is just a result of history. You will quickly learn that Vietnamese education gives you more advantage than the laidback Western system. You will increasingly see the potential of your country.
The reason why Asia has been held back for century is due to the Western world having a head start in industrialization. But Vietnam has just started and needs time to catch up. Look at what the West used to say about China, how its students have no creativity, how they are like robots, no social skills, no life skills, no soft skills… China will collapse. Look at China now? It is top in the innovation spectrum, its technology is sending shivers down those Old World powers’ ses. Can they say that China have no innovation now?
译文来源：三泰虎 /p/51998.html 译者：Joyceliu
Everything starts slow and in bad condition but will pick up momentum when the foundation is set. But you need confidence. Confidence in your people, confidence in your culture and most importantly confidence in your country!
It’s good to receive criticisms to improve, but don’t let foreigners put your country down. Do not believe everything they say is right. You need to have your own pathway, not reliant on others to pave that path for you. That is why the Asian tigers and China succeeded, they do not wait for the Western world to tell them what and how to make their country rich. In fact they found their own pathway, and each of those received a lot of negative criticisms from the Western world. But they pushed through despite those criticisms. And that’s what Vietnam needs to do too!