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The Six Faces: Viet Kieu - Overseas Vietnamese


Dinner with Jennie's family, a mixture of Viet Kieu and Saigonese.

The tragedy that was the Vietnam War created a new dimension to that nation.  If it is true that some citizens moved from the north to the south in Vietnam to avoid what was perceived as oppressive government, then the overseas Vietnamese community still has roots in their country.  Since these people possess the education and the qualities needed by Vietnam to succeed in the modern world, it is safe to assume that the majority of them, or their children, will return to help Vietnam join the world community.  Many of the overseas Vietnamese are bitter at what was perceived to be a defeat at the hands of an ideology that over-controlled their carefree society; however, when you view this result with the history of this nation, it can be argued that this temporary defeat was necessary to better focus on the true needs of the people of Vietnam. 


Monday, Jan. 11, 1999

We spent our last day in Saigon at an American-owned company and a state-run factory to see the range of business practices in the Vietnam economy.  In the evening we visited the Lotus School, an English-language school, where we helped the students (ranging from age 16 to 50) practice their English.  Our farewell dinner was at the house of Jennie's sister, who cooked us an unbelievable feast.



South

Mekong Delta

Viet Kieu

Center

Villages

North

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