Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vietnam

For someone who is old enough to remember the Viet Nam war and the partition of the country into a northern and southern zone, I find this very interesting:

Welcome to Vietnam
"Ho Chi Minh would be appalled if he could see Vietnam now."
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"...market reforms that began in 1986 (a mere eleven years after the fall of Saigon and national unification under the Communist Party) and a general slackening of state micromanagement have transformed the country out of all recognition."
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"Vietnam makes a good first impression, which pleased me as a human being but challenged me as a journalist. Writing about war zones and other disaster areas is relatively straightforward. Countries on the mend are a bit tougher, and Vietnam has been on the mend for a while now."
RTWT

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