Mekong Delta - the meeting point of favorable natural conditions, international waterways and different cultures has built up a common and outstanding characteristic of people here - FORGIVENESS. This characteristic has lead to three main results that directly affect the culture, belief and values of people in Mekong Delta.
Common and Outstanding characteristics of people in Mekong Delta
First of all, forgiveness has lead to the multi-culture of Mekong Delta. During the reclaiming time, different ethnics with different culture and customs co-inhabit in a land; therefore, they had to accept and respect the others’ difference. Nowadays, ethnics live together in harmony; each has its own culture and lifestyle.
Secondly, different religions co-exist in the highest density in the country in Mekong Delta. There are at least four religions of Buddhism, Muslim, Christianity and Hindu in this land. Especially, there has been the interaction among different religions.
Thirdly, characteristic of people in Mekong Delta is the unity of extremely opposite characters. For example, people in Mekong Delta work extremely hard and then play excessively hard. Interestingly, when they love someone, they will show all their hearts and souls for the other; however, if they hate someone, they even do not want to look at or talk with that one. This characteristic of people in Mekong Delta conflicts with people in the north who favored harmony and equivocacy.
The dynamic in characteristic of people in Mekong Delta is a result of many factors.
First of all, Mekong Delta is a multi-cultural land, and the interaction between cultures is quite strong. Moreover, Mekong Delta has a long time under the governance of French colony and then the influence of American culture (in the 19th and 20th century). Secondly, the first immigrants into Mekong Delta are almost the unlucky ones (poor and low social status). Therefore, they had to struggle to survive: fight with harsh nature, find new ways to fish and farm. Due to the above reasons, almost people in Mekong Delta are dynamic which is reflected in their lifestyle.
Firstly, people in Mekong Delta are easily to change their places of living. They do not attach their whole life with a particular village like people in the north. If their current living place is not favorable, they will move to more fertile land to live and farm. It is also easy for people in Mekong Delta to change their jobs.
The dynamic in characteristic of people in Mekong Delta leads to many results. First of all, they are easily to adapt the new things (cuisine, costume, custom). The second result of the dynamic is the creativity. Their creativity is represented in innovations in fishing and farming as well as producing. Moreover, the dynamic is also the encouragement for the development of commerce and trading. While people in the north consider commerce as something bad, people in Mekong Delta. Last but not least, people in Mekong Delta have risk-taking spirit in doing business.
3. Emotional and righteous
The long history of reclamation has also formed the characteristics of emotional and righteous of people in Mekong Delta. People from difference lands came here, living and helping each other. As a result, people here respect relationship between them. They can make friend easily and promise to share happiness as well as sorrow. People in Mekong Delta are quite reckless but righteous. They are not afraid of the death; they are ready die for their brothers and friends. Especially, the way people here express their love is very drastic and direct which is reflected in folk-song: “Even if I die, I will never leave you behind” or “As this night is so nice, could you let me sleep beside?”
Emotional and righteous, people in Mekong Delta disregard for money because for them, strings attached people are the most important. They can give everything they have to others who are in need because they believe that property is easy come and easy go.
Emotional and righteous, people in Mekong Delta are amazingly hospitable. Any comes are also considered friend and warmly welcomed. People here will serve guests the best things they have because making guests happy and satisfied is their happiness.
Emotional and righteous, people in Mekong Delta are straightforward and blunt. They say what they think without considering about losing other’s face. For them, love or hate should be clearly expressed; there is no place for neutral attitude.
The combination of Vietnamese tradition and Western culture, people in Mekong Delta are practical. The characteristic of practical is represented in lifestyle, custom and literature.
Firstly, people in Mekong Delta value content over the appearance. The way they live, wear, eat, think and communicate are all simple. The most famous literature work in Mekong Delta - “Luc Van Tien” is written in simple and easy-to-understand language.
Secondly, people in Mekong Delta prefer usual and humorous things to profound philosophy. Their sense of humor is also expressed in gentle and simple way, not as abstruse as people in the north.
Thirdly, in Mekong Delta, people would rather do business than learn higher and higher to become officials. For them, earning money is more important than learning.
Last but not least, people in Mekong Delta are absolutely open-minded. They believe that they just have to live for today without worrying about tomorrow. Contrasting to people in the north tending to save as more as possible, people in Mekong Delta will spend all they can earn today and tomorrow they will continue earning money. Their common saying is: “Take it easy”
Overall, people in Mekong Delta are friendly, hospitable and humorous who will be the best host for any tourists who coming there to explore the land and the culture of Mekong Delta.