Did I see somebody state that "The Vietnamese are not overtly materialistic"? Even the most blinkered individual surely cannot actually believe this. The Vietnamese and Viet Kieu in particular are some of the most ostentatious individuals I have ever met. Obviously these high levels of materialism are tied in with the ever present factor in Vietnamese life, the concept of face.
I love it when some Asian ladies speak to western girls over here, they are so honest and tell them what they think even if some of it gets lost in translation...my favorite is "your looking fat" The faces on the western girls are a picture!!
Oh man! I did that "when is the baby due" statement before. Learned the hard way. I'm perfectly capable of lying, but I need to know the question about a day in advance so I can practice in front of the mirror. "Oh Honey, you're not fat." "Yes, do wear the black turtleneck. It looks good on you. Yes, I do realize that its going to be 35 degrees C outside, but you look soooo great!" Uh huh, I'm really good at white lies.......not.
Yes sorry HSSS, its one of those subjects men should avoid talking about with ladies. Weight, When is the baby due?, Does my bum look big in this? Am I wearing too much make up? these also spring to mind.