Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world with a population of approximately 90 million. It has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world over recent years which has overall lifted the country out of poverty. Sadly like many developing countries it has an ever widening gap between the wealthy & poor. On a more positive note, the country has an incredibly low unemployment rate, high life expectancy & an impressive low murder rate.
Majority of people follow Buddhism, others Catholicism while others follow minor religions in the southern areas such as Cao Dai or Cham Muslim. Many people are not religious but raised with Buddhist ideals & everyone follows ancestor worship, which is truly a beautiful thing.
While its cities are what can only be described as organised chaos, its countryside can be an overwhelming joy of simpleness. Regardless of where you are though, you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful people in the world.
For centuries, Vietnam’s been shaped by a history of repression – famously from it’s northern neighbour China, but more recently from far away lands seeking to exploit its natural wealth & cheap labour. The most recent and infamous war, being the American or Invasion War . Americans with help from various other countries, tried to eradicate the ‘terror’ of that dreaded ideal of communism, but failed to succeed. The war was a truly sad & disgusting one, where the goal was not based on territory gained (as in almost every other war in history) but a genocidal one, where dead Vietnamese bodies were the measure of success.
I am just one man living in this wonderful mess that is Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and daily I get the chance to experience a society and people shaped by their tumultuous past. I see something everyday that makes me smile, ponder ethics, morality and the societies of our modern age and I hope to share with you some of these weird and wonderful things I find, in this country I love so much.
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