3 things I miss in the USA

Living nearly two years in Vietnam, overall, has been quite pleasant and exciting, however, these are the three things I miss most about life in the USA.

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Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m Vietnamese-American from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Q: Where are you based?
A: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and travel throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I have a B.A. from St. John’s University (Minnesota), a M.A. degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Hawaii, a Global Trade Certificate from Saint Paul College (Minnesota), and am APICS-certified as a Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).

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  1. True ..I miss the misty, cool mornings in the English and French countryside. Oh, and being able to buy normal moisturiser..without whitening (wtf!)

  2. Thanks Vin, but I thought you would make it a lot worse. The Twin Cities is a gem, so that might be the reason you miss those things. You should try Benton Harbor, Michigan!!! You will run home screaming to Saigon:):):) Thanks for another good one.

  3. Kind of a short list. That’s telling. Life must be pretty good. I missed cold weather after the middle east. Now, I’m kind of ready for the tropics again….not looking forward to winter at all.

    1. @Quang B But logistically Amazon hasn’t offered “last mile” delivery to the end user. Big problem here with congestion, mobile piecemeal delivery, and occasional typhoons and flooding, not to mention, cultural adaptation which is a huge barrier to not just entry, but execution. You have to factor in that Vietnam is still a predominantly cash aka “non-credit” economy. eBay owns an electronic payment system called PayPal, and even they haven’t ventured deeply into Vietnam. Closest thing Vietnam has is Lazada, which i believe is an Alibaba subsidiary.

    2. @Don Nguyen AmazonGlobal ships to China, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, S Korea,… so logistically they already ship to the region.

  4. In America, the huge difference is the health care system and cars instead of motorbikes. Cars provide shelter from the elements.

    The nightlife in Vietnam is much more exciting.

    Nice, cool short video, Vinh!

    1. @Global Trade very interesting….what made u wanna leave usa and go there…did u apply online..lovely country i visited 3 times and miss it every day

  5. Yeah man, I feel your pain! When I was in HCMC with my 21 year old girlfriend that could be a model in any magazine in America, eating delicious meals for pennies, going to deserted beaches, and especially having a maid clean my home and do all my laundry, —-I was really missing the public libraries in America and the smell of all the homeless people crowded inside to keep warm. Can’t hardly wait for the snow this year–I really love shoveling out my car and freezing my ass off! Gotta go now–gonna surf Amazon and buy a vegamatic for 79 cents cheaper than Wall-Mart. Good luck with your misery and hardship in Vietnam. Oh, and BTW, you are my hero bro—keep it up and keep the faith! See you for a coffee soon!

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