Stress, Vietnamese-Style | Andrew Lam

September 15, 2014 5:37 PM

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Stress, Vietnamese-Style | Andrew Lam

Below is an excerpt from my book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, published in 2010. Vietnam is on a course for credit upgrade and its economy is growing. For many this leads to new found wealth and status, and, inevitably, a lot of stress.

At an ultra-chic bar called Nam Kha, a well-dressed woman in her mid-twenties named Tram tells me that she's "si-tret." She speaks Vietnamese but switches to English for a word heard often here. There is no equivalent word in her language. The closest you can get is cang thang than kinh--tension of ...

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