A Focus on Diversity at CPCC: Vietnam

Did you know CPCC has students from all over the world?  In celebration of this, the Diversity Committee will highlight the top 10 countries that represent our International Students.


Vietnam is bordered on the north by China and to the west by Laos and Cambodia. To the east is the South China Sea (called “Eastern Sea” by the Vietnamese). The country’s shape is often compared to an elongated and stretches the length of the Indochinese Peninsula. In the central Vietnampart of the country Vietnam is only 25 miles across.

Capital: Hanoi    Population: 87,800,000 

Some fun and interesting facts:

  • Approximately 40% of all Vietnamese, or more than 30 million people, share the same family name, Nguyen.
  • There are an estimated 18 million motor bikes on Vietnamese roads.
  • Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, as well as the second largest exporter of rice and coffee.
  • Most government school facilities cannot accommodate all of the children at once, so they run two sessions – morning and afternoon. The school week runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • At schools, children are not called by bells instead they are called by gongs.
  • Vietnamese language uses the script that has 29 characters; most of them are identical to those used in English.
  • Potbelly pigs are used as pets in Vietnam.
  • Tet is Christmas, New Year and birthdays all rolled into one. Tet Nguyen Dan (Festival of the First Day) ushers in the Lunar New Year and is the most significant date in the Vietnamese calendar.
  • Vietnam has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Third World.
  • Lizard fishing is one of the most popular pass-times in Vietnam.