Tagged: Do I not bleed?

October 23, 2011

Do I Not Bleed?

"Tug-o-War" from NaviWorks Olympics. The thrill of victory and agony of defeat are universal across cultures.

Westerners and Vietnamese both like to ask me “How do you work with Vietnamese here?  Vietnamese are so different from Americans!”  Then they look at me expectantly, thinking I’ll spin some story about how inscrutable and mysterious Vietnamese people are.

This question always reminds me of Shylock’s speech in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice.” [I’ve taken a few liberties to suit the context.] Continue reading →