Judging Someone Culture Based on Our Own

I’m walking down the streets of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

I see a vendor selling baskets of fried cicadas and silkworm pupas. A little further down, there’s a stall that specializes fetal duck eggs, essentially a hard-boiled duck fetus.

A group of tourists are taking photos of each.
A girl squeals. A woman comments, “Oh this is absolutely disgusting.”
A man declares, “This is sick. I can’t believe people here eat this kind of stuff.”

It’s gross, but who are we to judge?

We’re in someone else’s country, exposed to a culture that’s not ours. Are we really judging their habits based our experiences formed from half a world apart?

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Jon Lee

I travel the world in search of lessons worth sharing. Addicted to culture shock and transparency. Currently working on heeyy and duuck.

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