Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

Bitter or sweet, quotes and comments could speak a lot better than thousands of praises. Now, let’s listen to what our foreign friends feel about our lovely motherland…

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“I feel privileged to be here, it is an incredible place; the value of society, the quality of life here is extraordinary. I don’t feel any different from a Vietnamese person. We were just talking about international integration and I think Vietnamese people are changing a lot in the way that they interact with foreigners and the differences are melting away. We are much more of the same world than we ever were.”
Matthew Frey – Chief Representative of Save Children USA

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes “Vietnam is politically stable and has many other things necessary for development. I have been to many areas in Vietnam. I can see that Vietnamese people are keen on learning and learn very fast as well as have a desire for better development to keep pace with other countries in the region and the world. Many places here are beautiful and have potential for economic development. The nation has been successful in developing and introducing products like coffee, pepper, coconut to the world market. Vietnamese seafood is also very good quality as Vietnam has a long coastline. Unfortunately, in Switzerland, we don’t have beaches.” Bénédict de Cerjat - The ambassador of Switzerland to Vietnam

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“I have always been interested in because of Vietnam’s thousands of history in maintaining its identity national integrity.”

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Prof. Malcom Gillis - member of the Management Board of Vietnam Education Foundation *Note: VEF is the Education Fund set up by American government to sponsor for Vietnamese talents in Technology and Science Studies

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“Vietnamese people are believed to be clever and eager to knowledge, and Vietnam is believed to be the right address for co-operations…I’ve realised that the country is peaceful and the environment in Vietnam is safe. Vietnamese people are mild but enthusiastic, which helps generate wonderful harmonisation. Political stability is considered one of the most important factors that attracts the investors.”
Katsuto Momii, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nihon Unysis - Japan

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“I really love the life here. The relations between Vietnam and Germany are very special… I have met Vietnamese people who have studied in Germany and I see many similar things between the two countries, for example, hard-work, diligence and discipline.”
Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch – The Ambassador of Germany

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“Any war would make writers who write about it subjective. Vietnam has been known to the world as a country of war. Just a few know about the country as a peaceful country as it is now. I think readers around the world want to explore a new Vietnam. That is why I prefer to introduce a modern Vietnam to the world through Vietnamese stories.”
Rosemary Nguyen - foreign translators translating Vietnamese short stories and novels to English.

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“For those of us who were here during the war, and who have had the opportunity to come back on mission of peace, Vietnam will always be a place and a people that we will think about everyday no matter where we are in the world.”
Tom Leckinger - Country Manager, VVAF Vietnam(Vietnam – US Magazine)

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“It is difficult for Vietnam to compete with Thailand in terms of beautiful beaches and to be compared with Cambodia with all its Wats, but Vietnam has the advantage to competing with other countries in terms of food”
Graham Holliday - Consolation Prize Winner for Bloggies Competition a.k.a Oscar for Personal Blogger ( www.noodlepie.com)

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

"I have been deeply moved by my visit here. I came here in part because I believe America and Vietnam are linked not just by a shared and often tragic past that must be honored and remembered, but because we have a bright future that we can build together."
Bill Clinton – 42nd President of The United States (http://www.davifo.dk/Clinton.htm)

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“The dynamic and vitality I feel on the road, when I see the Vietnamese people. That’s the impression from discussions with Vietnamese leaders. They prove to be dynamic and flexible in making economic decisions. I also met with a group of women’s leaders of Vietnam, who are very dynamic and intelligent”
Kofi Annan – Secretary of United Nations

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“The Vietnamese people are known for their tremendous industry,… They're very hardworking and entrepreneurial.”
Condoleezza Rice – Secretary of President of The United States (Roundtable with Asia Print Journalists – Jan 2006) http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/072106rice.html

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

"Of the 30 or so countries I have been to, Vietnam is easily the most beautiful. I saw more shade of green then I knew existed. Rice fields manually tended from dawn to dusk were always in view as were forest covered mountains. I also frequently caught glimpses of pristine deserted beaches from the train window as we made our way along the coast..".
David Fisher – Former Deputy US Trade Representative (By Robert Storey & Daniel Robinson - Lonely Planet book)

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes “I found that my Vietnamese friends are very open-minded, sincere and kind. I am usually surprised about how quickly people make friends with each other. It seems like some friends always have a spare room to welcome you even if you are an American. I love the country. Vietnamese language is hard to pronounce but the sound is beautiful. Vietnam also has a rich culture. Family relations here are important and very close. I think we Americans may learn something from Vietnamese about how to make the family relation closer.” Dan Perskins Dean of the Faculty of Concert at Plymouth State University, music director of New Hampshire Master Chorale Founder of the Educational Theatre Collaborative the pianist of Ruggieri Chamber Soloist Theatre

Vietnam in foreigners’ eyes

“Your country is unique with its fine art and landscapes, and it can open new horizons for artists who come from the exterior.”
Rene Lemay Canadian Painter Exhibition “Happy Days in Vietnam” - Viet Fine Arts Gallery (Hanoi)