The culture of Vietnam, an agricultural civilization based on
the cultivation of wet rice, is one of the oldest in East Asia; the ancient
Bronze age Dong Son culture is considered to be one of its most important
progenitors. Due to the long-term
Chinese influence on its civilization, in terms of politics, government and
Confucian social and moral ethics, Vietnam is considered to be part of the East
Asian Cultural Sphere.
Some elements generally
considered to be characteristic of Vietnamese culture include ancestor
veneration, respect for community and family values, handicrafts and manual
labour, and devotion to study. Important symbols present in Vietnamese culture
include dragons, turtles, lotuses and bamboo.