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According to Huong, proverbs are the essence of Vietnamese wisdom. Did the proverbs resonate with you?

Created: 03/18/21

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Posted Mar. 18, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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According to Huong, proverbs are the essence of Vietnamese wisdom. Did the proverbs resonate with you?

According to Hương, proverbs are the essence of Vietnamese wisdom, passed orally from one generation to the next, even before the written Vietnamese language existed. Two examples are Trong cái rủi có cái may (Good luck hides inside bad luck) and Ác giả ác báo (Cruelty dispensed, cruelty returned). Do these proverbs ring true for you? Were there other proverbs that resonated with you as particularly true or meaningful?


Posted Mar. 19, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
christineb

Join Date: 10/13/11

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

I loved the proverbs that they used in speaking with each other. I found one I particularly liked- "Soft and persistent rain penetrates the earth better then a storm". I think this is so true in many life circumstances.


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kimk

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

I enjoyed the proverbs as well. The one that comes to mind is "Fire proves gold, adversity proves men."


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jazzming

Join Date: 03/19/21

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

Yes!
I felt like every single one I wrote down.
I love the simplicity of it that still holds great impact.


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lauriel

Join Date: 01/10/21

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

I loved the proverbs and found myself pausing after reading each one to think about their meanings in my own life. These proverbs provide such a rich source of wisdom for this culture to pass on through eternity as well as a gift for individuals reading this book! They are timeless.


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peggya

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

The proverbs served as an inflection point in the text. It highlights the fact that every culture has a legacy of understanding the reality around it. Proverbs are unique to each culture and yet universal in the truth it reveals.


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catherynez

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

I enjoyed the proverbs too. They definitely added to the story meaning.


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melissa c.

Join Date: 01/10/21

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

I really appreciated the proverbs and read them over several times to get their true essence and wisdom. I allowed myself to break from reading at those points and focus on the proverbs' meanings and thought about how the proverbs were relevant in my life.


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christineb

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

What a good idea!


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cassandraw

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

essence of Vietnamese oral tradition.....passed on from generation to generation before the written word....
I liked all of them especially "Difficulty gives light to wisdom"and "He who sows the wind will reap the storm."


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glennw

Join Date: 12/03/20

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

I felt they really helped understand the Vietnamese culture & were beautiful unto themselves. I loved that she made these part of the story.


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ColoradoGirl

Join Date: 05/16/16

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

I thought the inclusion of proverbs made for a richer story and helped me to understand Vietnamese culture more. Just noticed this is how glenw feels too!


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PKH

Join Date: 01/29/21

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RE: According to Huong, proverbs are the...

I really liked the proverbs. I felt they helped promote understanding of the culture of the Vietnamese people.


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