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Do Vietnamese people treat expats better than their own compatriots?

Update: June, 12/2015 - 08:49

Do Vietnamese people treat expats better than their own compatriots?

Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor.

A TV news story on Monday showed viewers a video clip about a couple of foreigners who snatched VND10 million (US$465) from a toy shop in HCM City when its staff were distracted.

The shop assistant later admitted that he did not look out because they were foreigners and were well dressed. He said he assumed foreigners were more trustworthy. His stereotype of foreigners is actually common among many Vietnamese as our quick interviews have found out.

In local media, Vietnamese police have recently warned the public of an increasing number of foreign criminals entering the country in recent years.

As a Vietnamese, what do you think of this stereotype? Have you ever experienced or witnessed bad things due to that stereotype? If you are an expat, have you ever enjoyed unexpected privileges in Viet Nam? Is it the reason you choose to stay in the country?

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