Discover interesting facts about the Cambodian culture!

1. Food

Cambodian cuisine is a fusion of many different cultural food, such as Thai, Vietnamese, China, and India. One of the most popular or common dishes is called ka tieu, a noodle soup consisting of rice noodles with pork stock and toppings.

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2. Angkor Wat (“Capital Temple”)

Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It was first dedicated as a Hindu temple until it became a Buddhist temple. The temple itself was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

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3. Classical Dance

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia, is a Khmer classical dance established in the royal courts of Cambodia for the purpose of entertainment as well as ceremonial propitiation. The elegant and beautifully costumed performers below are evoking the legendary apsaras of Hindu mythology.

4. Khmer Rouge

When the radical communist Khmer Rouge under their leader Pol Pot seized power in 1975 after years of guerrilla warfare, he pursued a mass genocide in pursuit of a rural utopia. The Khmer Rouge abolished money and private property and ordered city dwellers into the countryside to cultivate the fields. This led up to the death of two million people (20% of the population), many from exhaustion or starvation, while others were tortured and executed. It was not until a Vietnamese-led invasion in 1979 that the Khmer Rouge rule came to an end.

 

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5. Greetings

To say hello in Khmer it is pronounced “chum ree-up sua”. Goodbye is pronounced as “chum ree-up lee-ah”. The gesture you would use is called sampeah. There are five distinct ways to greet to show respect and politeness. Between friends, place the palms of your hands together at chest level. Anyone older or higher ranking it is at mouth level. Parents, grandparents or teachers it is at the nose level. Monks and kings are at the eyebrow level. God and sacred statues are at the forehead level.

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     Chest Level                Mouth Level                    Nose Level                 Eyebrow Level              Forehead Level

6. Sampot

The national garment of Cambodia, is the sampot It is basically a sarong similar to those worn in neighboring Laos and Thailand, with slight variations.

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7. Don’t Touch the Head!

In Khmer culture a person’s head is believed to contain the person’s soul—therefore it is taboo to touch or point one’s feet at it because the feet is consider impure due to it being the lowest part of your body.  So please do avoid pointing your feet to any person!

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8. Chaul Chnam Thmey

Cambodians celebrate their New Year, Chaul Chnam Thmey, on April 13th or 14th for three days. This is the time of year that marks the end of the harvesting season before the rainy season begins.

On the first day, Maha Songkran, families pay homage at shrines to offer thanks. For good luck people wash their face with holy water in the morning, their chests at noon, and their feet in the evening before they go to bed.

The second day, Vara Vanabat, people contribute charities to the less fortunate and attend dedication ceremonies to honor their ancestors.

The third day, T’ngai Loeng Sak, Buddhists wash the Buddha statues and their elders with perfumed water. The symbolic bathing of the Buddha is a practice to wash away the bad actions and is often thought to bring longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in life.

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What cultural experiences have you encountered? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Meyee Cha (SEAC Public Relations)

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

 

Do you ever ask yourself, “When am I going to get it together and get that A”? Or, “How can I break the habit of being lazy in bed for hours in the morning and just get up to get stuff done?”

To many times I catch myself listening to my inner critic telling me of all the things I could do to be a better student, friend, brother or just a human being in general. My shortcomings and faults take precedence in my mindset and start defining who I am as a person.

But the truth is everyone is wonderful in some way. We all have our strengths as well as our weaknesses. And positive psychology has been proven to improve one’s well-being.1 By focusing our minds on celebrating ourselves we can improve the quality and feelings during our days. Here are my personal five favorites for shutting off my inner critic and instead engaging in self-celebration:

  1. Give gratitude: find a moment in your day when you can sit down and list three things that you are grateful for in your day. It can be as simple as “I’m grateful for the sunshine.”
  2. Recognize your accomplishments: don’t simply dismiss the A you got on that hard class as something you were expected to do. No. Instead tell yourself, “Yes! I have studied my butt off for this and I am proud of this grade. I deserved it.”
  3. Focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses: as you might have noted earlier, when it comes to self-improvement I am all over that. I find Aristotle’s writings on eudemonia (doing your best to achieve the closest version of your best self) fascinating. However, striving for excellence can be dangerous because it can put you in a pessimistic perspective of obsessing over your short comings. Instead of becoming a raging egomaniac blind to your faults, make time every day to celebrate your plethora of positive attributes–your boundless potential–and the beauty of your imperfect self. For every weakness that you notice in yourself come up with two strengths you can praise.
  4. Treat-yourself-days: take a day to treat yourself. Literally wake up with the thought: “today is all about celebrating the amazing me.” Bake yourself your favorite pancakes for breakfast. Go shop and buy that T-shirt you’ve been eying for a while (will it ever get on sale?!). Have a movie night with a good friend. Write yourself a love letter. If you’re a busy person you can choose a smaller segment of time (e.g., an evening) but be sure to be intentional about it. Don’t just ooze on the couch watching Netflix unless it helps you to intentionally celebrate yourself. .
  5. Compliment yourself: we compliment friends and even random people we meet at a party but how often do we compliment ourselves? Tell yourself that you are an amazing person. Make that a part of your daily routine.

Do you have ways in which you celebrate yourself that weren’t listed above? Comment below!

Sources:

Fredrickson, B. The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. American Psychologist, Vol 56(3), Mar 2001, 218-226

 

CONGRATZ TO OSU’S HAWAIIAN CLUB (AKA HUI O HAWAI’I) FOR BEING THIS WEEK’S STUDENT ORG SPOTLIGHT!

  1. Name: Hui o Hawai’i
  2. Reason for recognition: They’ve successfully hosted their Luau Night to celebrate their one of a kind culture and share it with the OSU community.
  3. Background of the club: Hui o Hawai’i is Oregon State University’s Hawaiian Club.  It was founded by students from Hawai’i over 55 years ago to share the aloha spirit and friendliness of Hawai’i with the Oregon State University community.
  4. Purpose of the club: The club strives to give a better understanding of Hawai’i and its customs to students, faculty, and people surrounding OSU.  By providing a sense of comfort and familiarity to students who have traveled far from the islands, Hui o Hawai’i has become a home-away-from-home for many.  
  5. Accomplishment(s) in the community: One of their biggest accomplishments is no doubt their annual Luau Night. Hui o Hawai’i has been hosting the OSU Luau for nearly 60 years. Throughout the year, they worked hard in planning and organizing for this big event that happens annually around Spring term. Their Luau Night started small but it has grown bigger throughout the years as their event accommodates more people, moving their event from the MU to Gill Coliseum, and to LaSells Stewart Center this year. They also host other events such as the Aloha pizza reception that happens during the connect week, which invites incoming Hawaiian and Polynesian students and families to meet one another; their Big Braddah/Sistah orientation and retreat to help new students connect with returning students; End of the Year BBQ and many more.
  6. Contact: To learn more about the club, visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/121460477910068/. For more information, email them at hawaiiclub@oregonstate.edu

Do you know a student org or club on campus who’s deserving to be in the spotlight? We need your help by nominating them!

Click here to nominate: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/webform/student-org-spotlight

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L. 

Don’t panic! It’s just another midterm time.

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Midterms have finally made its way once again. For many, this week is that first week of midterms for the term.

We know it was probably tough to get some studying done especially this past weekend when it was all sunny and warm. So try your best to keep up with your studies as midterms are finally here!

It’s never too late to get last minute help from your professors, classmates, the learning centers at the library, and all the other resources that are available on campus while you can.

So good luck on those midterms! You’ll pull through no doubt :) #beBEAVERBOLD

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Audrey A. & Joyce L.

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Cultural Discovery 101 is here to present fun facts on the Latin American Culture! Keep in mind that this is just a few of the many wonderful things that encompasses the culture.

1. Modern Dance

Latin America has a strong tradition of evolving dance styles that are very energetic. For example, mambo, salsa, cha-cha-cha, rumba and probably the most recognizable, the tango! With each unique style comes different style of music, steps, rhythms, and counts.

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2. Languages

Not all people in Latin America speak Spanish. Countries like Brazil speak primarily Portuguese and in Haiti they speak Haitian-creole. Also, even if the majority of the countries share the Spanish language does not necessarily mean they speak the same version of Spanish.

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3. Finger faux pas

To ensure that you are not insinuating any rude, inappropriate or suggestive behavior, please be mindful of your hand gestures! Keep in mind that hand gestures such as the “okay” sign in Brazil is the equivalent of giving someone the middle finger or a hand swipe under the chin means “I don’t know” in Argentina, but in other parts of the world it means “get lost”.

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4. Carnival Festival

Starting from late January to early March the Carnival season, a festive tradition, in Latin America is meant as a final chance to celebrate and have a good time before the solemn rituals of Lent.

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5. Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

If you have ever seen the animated film The Book of Life, it’ll give you a good idea of what Día de Muertos is all about. Widely celebrated in Mexico, the holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those that had died by offering their favorite foods, bread, fruits, pumpkins, and Mexican cempasúchitl (marigold) a traditional flower to honor the dead.

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6. World’s Hottest Peppers

Some of the world’s hottest peppers are from Latin American. These peppers are present in a variety of cuisine of smoky and spicy dishes from habanero to red savina chili.

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7. Happiest Countries in the World!

As of 2014, the poll data from Gallup indicates that the top 10 countries listed on the Positive Experience Index were all from Latin America indicating some of the happiest countries worldwide!

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8. Amazon Rainforest

Did you know that more than 20% of the worlds oxygen is generated by the Amazon rainforest?  In fact it’s nickname is “Lungs of the Planet.”

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9. Family

A great emphasis is placed on the emotional relationships with family and close friends. Any decisions and behavior of each individual in the extended family are based largely on pleasing the family.

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10. Traditional Body Clay

If you are looking for ways to improve the appearance of your skin, volcanic mud is your answer. This method has been used for thousand of years by mixing volcanic ashes and water to create a natural exfoliator that clears the skin of any acne.

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Is there any Latin American cultural values and information you would like to share? We love to hear from you!

 

Meyee Cha (SEAC, Public Relations)

Hawaii is a wonderful place to go. With it’s tropical forest, sunny beaches, and a culture filled with fascinating customs, music, legends, traditions and values, promises an unforgettable experience. Here are a few things about the Hawaiian culture that you should know about!

1. First Settlers

The first settlers to Hawaii brought with them the ancient Polynesian traditions and lifestyles. As generations passed, they adapted their beliefs and ways of living to accommodate their new island home. The seven main Polynesian cultures are Māori, Rapa Nui, Marquesas, Sāmoa, American Samoa, Tahiti, and the Tonga.

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2. Aloha

The word aloha is one of the most notable word used in the Hawaiian culture. Aloha derived from the Proto-Polynesian, alofa, meaning “love,” “compassion,” and “mercy.”Aloha also means hello, goodbye, sympathy, kindness, compassion, affection and fondness. It is a lifestyle that the people in Hawaii embrace.

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3. Maui

The island of Maui was named after the demigod who taught Hawaiians to make fire, invented spears, and created a giant fishhook from his dead grandmother’s jawbone. According to the legend, when he fished with the hook, he brought the Hawaiian Islands up from the sea.

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4. The Hula

Another Hawaiian icon is the hula that has evolved over the years from an activity exclusively for men and for religious purposes to today’s contemporary dances for both the men and women. Hula today has two major forms, the ancient, or hula kahiko and the modern, or hula auana.

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5. Storytelling

Because their society was largely an oral rather than a written culture, ancient Hawaiians would learn values and history through trained storytellers. Because the stories were considered sacred, listeners were not allowed to move once a story began.

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6. SPAM

SPAM also known as the “Hawaiian Steak”  is a pretty recent addition to Hawaiian local food culture. Hawaiian people fell in love with SPAM right around World War II, where the military troops were commonly served this salty “Special Army Meat” because of its long shelf life, affordability, easy to travel with and no refrigeration. Since then it can be found everywhere even on Hawaii’s McDonald’s menu!

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7. The Flower Lei

Lei giving is a regular part of any special occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and graduations. It is usually made of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers, and even bone and teeth of various animals. Custom dictates that a lei should be offered graciously with a kiss and removed only in private. It’s considered rude to remove a lei once it’s accepted in view of anyone, but especially in view of the person(s) who gave it to you.

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8. Superstitions and Omens

The Hawaiian culture also has many superstitions and omens, which are widely known and still observed today. For instance, rain and rainbows are considered blessings from the gods. It’s considered bad luck to bring bananas on a boat, to step over a baby who is lying on the floor and to wear a closed lei if you are pregnant. Taking away lava rocks from volcanic sites as a keepsake also ensued bad luck.

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9. Kālua

If you heard of the kālua pork, then you should know how it is traditionally made! Kālua is a Hawaiian cooking method that utilizes an imu, a shallow dug pit in the ground. The pit is filled with kindling surrounded by larger pieces of wood with large stones arranged over the wood. Once the kindling is lit, the flames are fanned by blowing through a length of bamboo. Then hot rocks are spread to create an even floor and covered with a layer of grass or leaves to prevent scorching of the food. It usually takes 6-8 hours for the pork itself to be cooked!

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 10. Hawaiians vs Locals

Only ethnically Native Hawaiians should be called “Hawaiians.” Non-Hawaiians are otherwise refer to as “locals” even if they were born in Hawaii.

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11. Pandango and the Taualuga

It is customary at Hawaii weddings, especially at Filipino weddings for the bride and groom to do a ‘Money dance,’ also called the pandango. A similar custom is observed by Samoan and Tongan newlyweds who perform a solo dance called the “taualuga” or “tau’olunga,” respectively. In all of these cases, as the bride and/or groom dance, the guests express their best wishes to the newlyweds with a monetary gift. It is also usually done as the finale performance for any entertainment line-ups.

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What other Hawaiian facts, values, or experience would you like to share? Is there a culture you want to know more about? Share with us below in the comments!

Any suggestions for future ideas or improvements are welcome!

Meyee Cha (SEAC PR Staff)

Take a look at the nine most celebrated events across campus!

1. Homecoming Week

The week that builds up to the Beavers first home game is filled with a series of activities to show our Beaver pride! These activities consist of tug-o-wars, runs, the homecoming parade and of course tailgating!

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2. Dads & Family Weekend

To celebrate our version of Father’s Day, Dad’s weekend consist of a scheduled full of activities, from golfing, comedy shows, to watching the football game!

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3. The Recycled Fashion Show

Every year, OSUFO organizes the Recycled Fashion Show, giving students the unique chance to work behind the scenes with the organization and production of an actual fashion show in creating innovative designs from 95% recycled materials with a maximum budget of $5.00!

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4. Annual Luau

Presented by Hui O Hawaii with the Polynesian Cultural Club. The annual Luau provides not only amazing dinner, but showcases performances rich in culture and tradition.

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5. Moms & Family Weekend

A weekend of exciting events to celebrate the amazing mothers out there and what better way then to attend events like a fashion show, a comedy show, riding on hot air balloons, and more!

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6. DAM JAM

Every year MUPC hosts DAM JAM, a student fee-funded event in the Memorial Union quad. Well known artists like Macklemore and Mike Posner take the stage to perform their hit singles!

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7. Pride Week Drag Show

Pride Week is a full week of events in May intended to celebrate the queer community. Events often include a “slumber” party, movie showings, workshops, and a drag show.

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8. Klatowa Eena Powwow

The annual powwow at Oregon State University is held in May and draws thousands of dancers and spectators from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Powwows are the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones.  This is a time method to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.

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9. Career Fair

What better way to look for a job or internship than from the Career Fair that occurs every term! Companies from across the Northwest come to recruit candidates for whatever position they are looking to fill. It is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with companies representative and learn about what these companies have to offer.

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Which event do you enjoy most? Share with us below in the comments!

Any suggestions for future events or improvements welcome!

Meyee Cha (SEAC PR Staff)

THIS WEEK’S SPOTLIGHT GOES TO THE SOLAR VEHICLE TEAM!!! Check out the cool stuff they did this school year!

  1. Name: OSU Solar Vehicle Team (OSUSVT)
  2. Reason for recognition: They represented our school in the recent Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge 2015 and it was the team’s first international race.
  3. Background of the club: OSUSVT was started by a handful of undergraduates students with founders Kat and Hai-Yue Han. Their first car was built between 2005-2008. Since then, their team has grown numerously throughout the years that includes a significant portion of engineering graduate students and undergraduates of all levels and interests ranging from science, engineering, to business. In addition, their success has significantly improved after having three cars under their belt.
  4. Purpose of the club: The Solar Vehicle Team is a team of Oregon State University students working together to design, build, and race solar-powered vehicles. They’re dedicated to provide a hands-on experience as a team, offer educational outreach in sustainable transportation engineering to the community of Oregon, and represent OSU as a leader in alternative energy engineering.
  5. Achievement(s) in the community: They’ve competed in the American Solar Challenge (ASC) back in 2008 & 2010 and first raced in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) in 2013. In July 2014, the OSUSVT took second place in the FSGP out of the original 17 competing universities, raced 124 laps (425 miles) in three days at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. That same time, they raced in ASC and made it to the top 6 teams to complete the challenge without trailering. And in January 2015, OSUSVT went to their first international race in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge and raced against fifteen of the top teams from around the world through four days and 745 miles (1200 km), ranging from mixed city to highway driving around Abu Dhabi and the desert.
  6. Interesting Facts: Names of the cars they’ve built so far are Rain Dancer (2005-2008), the Odyssey (2008-2011), and the Phoenix (2011-2015). They are currently working on building and designing their fourth solar vehicle for their upcoming 2016 & 2017 races.
  7. Contact: To see detailed specs of the OSUSVT cars, check out their wiki at http://osusvt.wikia.com/wiki/OSUSVT_Wiki.
    Website: http://osusvt.weebly.com
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/osusvt
    Email: osusvt@gmail.com

Do you know a student org or club on campus who’s deserving to be in the spotlight? We need your help by nominating them!

Click here to nominate: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/webform/student-org-spotlight

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L. 

Credits go to John Ren and the Solar Vehicle Team for collaborating with us.

Did you get your tax return? Or have you filed your tax return yet?

Last chance to get your tax return this year!

April 15th (tomorrow) is the IRS Tax filing deadline. If you have not filed it yet, it is not too late to do it!

You can go to the Corvallis Public Library on Monroe to seek help. The AARP offers their Tax Assistance program today from 11am – 3pm.

It is available to low- and moderate-income individuals. Oregon and IRS (federal) income tax returns will be prepared and e-filed for you free of charge.

If you did it already, make sure to use your returned money wisely! #beBEAVERBOLD

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L. 

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Cultural Discovery 101 is here again with some interesting facts about the Vietnamese culture!

  1. The Ao Dai means ‘long dress’ is worn by women and the most recognizable traditional dress seen in Vietnam

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  1. The Vietnamese language has six different tones for each syllable, which changes the definition of words and often makes it difficult for foreigners to pick up the language.

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  1. Vietnamese are in general collectiveness, placing a high emphasis on the importance of family based on Confucian philosophical beliefs.

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  1. Vietnamese culture is concerned more with status (obtained with age and education) than with wealth.

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  1. When greeting, Vietnamese generally shake with both hands and bow their head slightly to show respect. This is followed by the greeting “xin chao” (seen chow -(pronounced:; meaning:), including their given name and title.

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  1. Some dining etiquette to keep in mind is to never turn down any food offerings despite being full, that is considered rude. To maintain politeness, inform the host that you are full prior to being offered another dish.

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  1. A classic dish to try is the Hanoi beef and rice noodle soup, also known as Pho Bo. Its practically the national dish of Vietnam.

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  1. In a traditional wedding, gifts are placed on a number of round red trays and then covered by a red color paper or cloth. Keep in mind that there should always be an odd number of trays because Vietnamese people believe that odd numbers and the color red will bring good luck to the couple.

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If you want to share with us your experience and knowledge please email us at events.sli@oregonstate.edu.