Nguyen Minh Chau, Montana YSEALI Professional Fellow
Before this fellowship, I have a lot of good impressions on American people. I still remembered about the trips to Vietnam of President Bill Clinton in 2000, Bill Gate, CEO of Microsoft in 2006 and President Obama in May 2016. When Bill Clinton to Vietnam, he decided to build friendship instead of cold war policy like before. Bill Gates inspired Vietnamese Government and young generation about a dream to make Vietnam become of a country of soft ware and IT start-up movement. Obama become of an ambassador of Vietnamese food when he went to a very small restaurant to enjoy bun cha (noodle and barbeque cooked in a special way). A huge number of big television channels updated about his trip and of course, they also had videos with wonderful comments about my country’s food.
However, after 5 days on my Montana YSEALI Professional Fellowship, my good impressions are not only for very important and famous people but also for ordinary people. I was so surprised to people in Montana. Whenever, I meet them at street, office or hotels, at Glacier national park, they say hi, hello, how are you even I am a stranger. With the height of 1 m 20 cm, in Vietnam and in a lot of countries, I was recognized easily. People stare at me and ask personal questions or make comments. But here, they treat me like other people which make feel I am equal to other people. They are very polite, open, happy and friendly.