How the Young Generation Preserve Their Homeland’s Culture after Moving to Another Country

How the Young Generation Preserve Their Homeland’s Culture after Moving to Another Country

It is worth pointing out that the longer Vietnamese people live in America, the harder their children maintain their culture. That is why they try to keep their traditional culture and pass down from generation to generation. Traditional celebration plays a vital aspect of the culture that helps the young generation not only firmly roots their home culture but also learns about the cultures through these celebrations.

Celebrating the traditions helps to keep young people grounded in their homeland culture while adapting to a new one. Nevertheless, no matter how Vietnamese people preserve their tradition and ritual, it is difficult for the young generation to understand and adapt. What counts is the mix of two different cultures creates a barrier for young Vietnamese people to keep culture as their parents. Moreover, in the modern society, people suffer a variety of pressures that young people have lost their sense of ritual, culture, and tradition.

There are many people believe that it is difficult for people to keep their original culture in a busy society as America. In fact, it is not easy for the young generation to keep the ritual and traditional culture as their parents did. In “One Asian writer’s lesson: Love your immigrant parents, follow your bliss”, the author claims that “Asia will tell you to obey and honor parents’ wishes, but America will tell you to look out for number one, to think for yourself”. I understand how difficult the author to follow his parents’ request.

There is no doubt that my parents and I have many controversial conflicts about the way to celebrate for Tet since this event combines various traditional activities. For example, my parents often cook the traditional foods for the ancestors, then they will take down from the ancestors after asking for ancestors’ permission. The point is they ask me to do the same ritual at my home since we live in the different houses. No matter how often my mother reminds me, I seem to ignore her request. Sometimes, I think my father is a superstitious person when he asks me to do not wear white clothes on the first day of new year. Moreover, he also does not allow pregnant women to visit his house during the Tet days. In my opinion, I do not understand why we must follow these strange rituals that adversely affect the happy spirit of Tet holiday.

There seems to be a consensus that culture is the core element in the society. No matter where people live, keeping the culture is the mission of each of Vietnamese people. Even though there are a great number of factors that effect on the young generation to maintain their homeland culture, they should try to reinforce the valuable traditions of their life. Practicing rituals and traditional activities is an effective method to nurture their love to their homeland.

I highly recommend not only Vietnamese people but also immigrants who live far away from the homeland to read this meaningful book-East Eats West is the most impressive book that I read when I moved to America. This book can inspire you how to start your new life in the new country.

The author is Andrew Lam who received many awards such as Outstanding Young Journalist Award, PEN Open Book Award and so on. He is a Vietnamese who was forced into exile from Vietnam as a boy. In East Eats West, Lam explores these contradictions and transformations while describing his own path to discovering his voice. I enjoyed his stories because it seems to represent the story of my life.


Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

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