Global Perspectives: Vietnam
Global Perspectives: Vietnam

Last week, Laurence School took a journey with the Ngo family (Ian in House 2B) to Vietnam during one of our Global Perspectives presentations. We had the pleasure of meeting Ian’s grandparents and learning about Vietnamese culture, history, food and sports.  Did you know that the official Latin-based Vietnamese alphabet consists of 29 letters (17 consonants and 12 vowels), the biggest sports are badminton and soccer, and that one Vietnamese dong (its currency) is equal to just two cents?  Tony and his parents also explained the process of making fish sauce, which can take over a year!

The presentation wrapped up with a delicious treat of bánh mì sandwiches, which are Vietnamese single-serving baguettes filled with various savory ingredients.  The Ngo’s explained that Vietnam is the only Asian country that includes bread in a national dish.  This is because French colonists introduced Vietnam to the baguette in the 1860s, when Vietnam was part of French Indochina. 

Cảm ơn nhiều, or thank you very much, to the Ngo family!