In both Viet Nam and Cambodia there have been several monuments called “Friendship Monuments” built. These monuments represent the peace between Viet Nam and Cambodia in how Viet Nam helped overthrow the Pol Pot genocide regime. This tradition has helped maintain a steady friendship between the people of the two countries. This symbol allows the people of both countries to showcase the solidarity of their friendship.
A collection of over 200 traditional Vietnamese artifact from the 11th century-19th century have been found and displayed to the public. Many young Vietnamese individuals have come together to restore ancient works of art to share the past culture’s with the people of Viet Nam. These individuals have a passion for preserving the cultures of Vietnam, they have so far restored by digitally copying the works, notebooks, coloring books, and architectural design patterns. “The most popular and characteristic patterns of Viet Nam include sacred animals like the dragon, phoenix, unicorn; flowers such as the peony and chrysanthemum. Yet details of these patterns vary in different dynasties,” says Khoi, a painter in the group. These different details show the changes of culture throughout the years of Viet Nam.
The Dao ethnic groups’ maturity ritual, known as the cap sac ritual, allows boys from this culture to officially become men. If they do not pass the ritual they are considered immature and must sit with the young boys until they complete the ritual. This maturity rite allows a man to get married, own land, and is considered “in charge” of his spirit. The Dao leaders want to preserve this tradition as more and more of the people are starting to use technology, they do not want the people to lose their traditional roots as this rite is sacred in the culture.
In “Preserving Ethnic Culture” there are several festivals promoting minority ethnic cultures. The Gau Tao festival allows groups to thank God for giving a good harvest. Festivals like this try to promote and restore minority ethnic groups. Under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism over 50 groups have been restored already. These groups want to show others of the beauty of these cultures and want the Vietnamese people to embrace the ethnic groups.
“The Path to Inclusion” talks about society being afraid of change and being different. Society gives people a cutout to follow and if someone does not follow that cutout they are shunned. This causes unique and individual cultures to come under attack. It is not the diversity of people but the negative responses to people that is the problem. The Global Pluralism Award found many leaders in a contest that sought out people who were trying to make a difference where they live.
We should preserve culture because it expresses individuality. Vietnamese culture has a lot of different traits in how they become adults, their different rituals in their religions, and how their art shows how they lived in the past. This is an unique culture that shares their traditions with the people that come after them. Taking that away would be taking away a link to their ancestors.