Part 2: Rapport

   Ted with Di Linh co-workers. Credit: Brethren Historical Library and Archives. Used with permission. 

Ted with Di Linh co-workers. Credit: Brethren Historical Library and Archives. Used with permission. 

Audio recordings from Ted Studebaker in Vietnam. Audio courtesy of Gary Studebaker. Copies of Ted Studebaker in Vietnam may be purchased from Brethren Press.

Transcription

Howard Royer: One of the things that struck me, Ted, is the rapport you have with a number of people. They don’t seem to mind the fact that you’re an American. Or do they?
Ted Studebaker: Um, I suppose it depends of who you’re speaking of—the Vietnamese or the Montagnards, but perhaps, maybe not too much that either. I think rapport is something you develop with people by being here, by living with them, especially by understanding some of their language, speaking their language, and understanding their culture and their problems. I think it can be developed in any person that has a desire to live here for a while and understand things. It’s probably not as difficult as it might seem if you’ve got the time and effort to put into wanting to understand these people, their problems, and their language.