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  1. Thoa
    05/16

    Thanks for article! I think with different in the culture, so food is diferent. Vietnam’s food is meat and vegetable. I want to say that, eat meat is normal with vietnamese. Sorry my english is not good. But i hope you return to việt nam.:)

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  2. Jimmy Cracks Capricorn
    11/11

    My parents made my brother and I butcher live rabbits in the backyard of our upper middle class home in a big city. We were the Beverly Hillbillies, just with less millions. But red necks through and through. I hated it. i prefer to shoot and kill my meat from a distance, knifing one down on the spot is not for the faint at heart. But I do loves me some pig…!!! Thanks for keeping it reals, and I am solo traveling Ha Noi and Sapa today (fly from HCM City in couple hours) and your blog helped me. Thanks.

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      11/14

      @Jimmy: Glad the blog and photos could be of help! Not sure if they’ll let you take your rifle or butcher knife along, but enjoy Vietnam! Ha ha… Sapa was my personal favorite. Actually our family used to have a farm and my grandfather used to own a pig farm. I’ve seen my share of closeup killings. Could attribute to my being mostly vegetarian these days. 😉

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  3. Gray
    09/05

    This post is not for the queasy of stomach, is it? I swear, if I had to kill my own animals to eat meat, I’d become a vegetarian instantly.

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      09/05

      @Gray: Sorry- perhaps I should post a head’s up warning… Ironically, I think Korea prepared me. Though the food in Korea isn’t nearly as visually jarring, the difference was that in Vietnam, I knew what animal it was vs. “what the hell is that?!” (as in Korea). For me, the latter has been so much more scarier. But culturally, when you place these photos in the context of a mountain/minority tribe survival/lifestyle it actually feels natural. Placed in the context of a privileged western culture, where we have more options (and “middle men”) this kind of life feels primitive. But yes, there’s a few reasons why I don’t eat meat.

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