Vietnamese dating traditions

When it comes to love, many Vietnamese prefer the traditional methods of relationships that have lasted for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

These betrothed children, unless they move from the village for work or some other reason, almost always end up marrying the person their parents pick.

However, the idea of "love" as westerners think of is not factored into the arrangement.

Ngo tells of cafés where young professionals sit for coffee to the ongoing sound of beep after beep as sweet messages are sent and received.

One very interesting part of this custom is the way that the emoticons (the smiley faces and such formed by using punctuation like :-) and more) have been brought up to a fine art by the courting Vietnamese.

Like any relationship, though, finding your match is exciting and well worth the wait.

Vietnam is a country rich in history and traditions, dating back thousands of years and instilled with a deep respect for the land, the sea and their ancestors.

The technology of the cell phone has provided couples with a medium through which they can talk to each other easily, quickly, and with astonishing expression.

Text messages are very cheap and free for incoming messages.

Everyone is non-confrontational, because aggression causes both parties to lose face.

For the vast majority of minor infringements, a stern glance is enough.

Long past the simple frowns and smiles, they are using symbols such as =; ("talk to the hand" or sometimes waving farewell) and :-t is used to signify "I'm going to hammer you on the head!

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