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Old 04-09-2014, 01:55 AM
 
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@TDIVA:

Geographically and ethnically the two countries are very different.

However, they are united by one thing, in that both were heavily influenced by Chinese culture and language.

Vietnamese society is very confucian and there is a lot of respect for elders, extended family, and there is traditionally ancestor worship. There is also a massive emphasis in education, like in Korea, which originates in Confucianism.

Both observe the Chinese/lunar new year, although it is called different things in both countries (Seollal vs. Tet).


Both languages, while very different, both borrowed tons of Chinese vocabulary.

Hence, there are lots of similar words. For example: Republic (gonghwa vs. cong hoa), Airline (hanggong vs. hang khong), Culture (munhwa vs. van hoa). The list goes on and on. (I am not saying that Korean and Vietnamese are related languages, they are very different---> they just both borrowed from Chinese, that's all).

Also, just as most Korean names are writable in Chinese characters/hanja, most Vietnamese names are writable in characters too, although the latin alphabet has replaced it. Vietnamese people used adapted Chinese characters to write until the French colonial era.
Yep...I find it's interesting how two seemingly different peoples/cultures are drawn together by China.

 
Old 04-10-2014, 10:07 AM
 
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Drawn together by China...lol. The Chinese people here, or ethnically Chinese whatever, should stop getting a kick out of giving themselves too much credit.
Nobody in Korea would think they are similar to Vietnam and when it comes to language Japanese and Korean have more similarities.
The division of Germany could be likened to Korea too then.
 
Old 04-10-2014, 10:09 AM
 
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Drawn together by China...lol. The Chinese people here, or ethnically Chinese whatever, should stop getting a kick out of giving themselves too much credit.
Nobody in Korea would think they are similar to Vietnam and when it comes to language Japanese and Korean have more similarities.
The division of Germany could be likened to Korea too then.
Funnily enough K-pop became more popular in Vietnam before most of Asia. K-pop today is very popular in Vietnam, Arirang is available in any hotel room you go to. I've spoken to Vietnamese people who say they feel a real affinity to Korean culture, although there are obvious differences. If you can't see the similarities/parallels you're pretty blind.

China has had a huge influence throughout Asia.
 
Old 04-10-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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China has had an influence yes, but most countries have their own distinct cultures.
Nice that the Vietnamese like Kpop and Korea, but we would like to think of ourselves as our own unique country.
That there are similarities is natural, but I don't think it is anything more than with other neighboring countries.
 
Old 04-10-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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China has had an influence yes, but most countries have their own distinct cultures.
Nice that the Vietnamese like Kpop and Korea, but we would like to think of ourselves as our own unique country.
That there are similarities is natural, but I don't think it is anything more than with other neighboring countries.
Well S.Korea only neighbours N.Korea, Vietnam and say Cambodia...let's start with a few. Vietnam and Korea both have 50-60% Chinese vocab, Mahayana Buddhism/Taoism/Confucianism, celebrate Lunar New Year/lunar calendar, the architecture more similar, dynastic tradition, family name comes first...need I go on? Cambodia is a lot more like Thailand than Vietnam in almost every way.
 
Old 04-10-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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Korea's neighbor is Cambodia and Vietnam...? Have you looked at a map? Korea is more similar to Japan than any SE Asian country. No matter how many numbers you look up on wikipedia.
 
Old 04-10-2014, 10:38 AM
 
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Korea's neighbor is Cambodia and Vietnam...? Have you looked at a map? Korea is more similar to Japan than any SE Asian country. No matter how many numbers you look up on wikipedia.
No I said it's Vietnam's neighbour...

considering they are neighbours, Vietnam is probably more like Korea than Cambodia overall, though more like Cambodia in other ways.
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