Beginning in 2007, our company started doing business in Vietnam importing planters to take advantage of better quality manufacturing versus lower quality products sourced from other developing countries. Vietnam’s strategic location, and easy access to various ports in Asia, along with the dynamic, happy and energetic people and work environment made it the ideal choice to develop the Creative Designs Fiberglass manufacturing operations.
Vietnam’s culture has developed over the centuries from indigenous ancient Đông Sơn culture with wet rice agriculture as its economic base. Some elements of the national culture have Chinese origins, drawing on elements of Confucianism and Taoism in its traditional political system and philosophy. Vietnamese society is structured around làng (ancestral villages); all Vietnamese mark a common ancestral anniversary on the tenth day of the third lunar month.The influences of immigrant peoples – such as the Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien and Hainan cultures– can also be seen, while the national religion of Buddhism is strongly entwined with popular culture. In recent centuries, the influences of Western cultures, most notably France and the United States, have become evident in Vietnam.
The traditional focuses of Vietnamese culture are humanity (nhân nghĩa) and harmony (hòa); family and community values are highly regarded. Vietnam reveres a number of key cultural symbols, such as the Vietnamese dragon, which is derived from crocodile and snake imagery; Vietnam’s National Father, Lạc Long Quân, is depicted as a holy dragon. The lạc – a holy bird representing Vietnam’s National Mother, Âu Cơ – is another prominent symbol, while turtle and horse images are also revered.
In the modern era, the cultural life of Vietnam has been deeply influenced by government-controlled media and cultural programs. For many decades, foreign cultural influences – especially those of Western origin – were shunned.However, since the 1990s, Vietnam has seen a greater exposure to Southeast Asian, European and American culture and media.