US Soil on the 8th Floor of a Mall

Today, we started the day a little differently than usual. We visited the U.S. Consulate General of Ho Chi Minh City, which is located on the eight floor of a commercial building. The Consulate, just like the other diplomatic offices, provides consular services and deals with the relationship between the two countries. There is a difference between growth and development, and after the war, Vietnam was successfully able to grow its economy and is looking to develop in terms of better healthcare services, rights and the environment. The duties of the Consulate have been expanded accordingly, and these include teaching Vietnamese students how to study abroad in the U.S. and cleaning up the negative consequences the U.S. left in this country after the war. For example, the officers try to find unexploded bombs from the war and remove them safely. They are also spending resources to cure the people and plants harmed by Agent Orange, because the U.S. government sees them as its sole responsibilities. However, addressing these issues and working through them with Vietnam have actually helped the U.S. to become allies with Vietnam. The U.S. government also partners with other countries that invest in Vietnam to build infrastructures, just like Japan has been building the first subway of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. We also learned about the process of working in the foreign department for the government, which actually interested me a lot. I hope to experience more diverse cultures, so I am prepared to travel around the world in the future.

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