History UsefulNotes / Vietnam

4th Sep '17 7:51:43 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Minh Le, Vietnamese-Canadian, software engineer, co-creator of the Half-life mod ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}''.

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* Minh Le, Vietnamese-Canadian, software engineer, co-creator of the Half-life mod ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}''.''VideoGame/CounterStrike''.
28th Aug '17 6:08:09 AM ergeis
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* ''Creator/XantheHuynh'', American-born voice actor. You may recognize her as Haru from ''VideoGame/Persona5''.

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* ''Creator/XantheHuynh'', Creator/XantheHuynh, American-born voice actor. You may recognize her as Haru from ''VideoGame/Persona5''.
28th Aug '17 6:07:38 AM ergeis
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* ''Creator/XantheHuynh'', American-born voice actor. You may recognize her as Haru from ''VideoGame/Persona5''.
25th Aug '17 6:26:38 PM nombretomado
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Relations with the US are likewise uneasy but have been normalized at a surprising rate since 1986, and now ended up even more cordial than with China, in spite of Washington's constant criticism on the state of human rights in Vietnam. Whether Vietnam will open its military port at Cam Ranh to American port calls is a matter of debate, but it's obvious that Vietnam is looking for a counterweight to the growing China threat. With TheNewRussia swept aside, who could be better suited for the job than [[EagleLand that superpower that messed up this land just 35 years ago]]? Nice tightrope Vietnam's walking there, but then, [[{{Realpolitik}} realist foreign policy]] makes for strange bedfellows, and--and you might think this odd--Vietnam is, on a people-to-people level, one of the most ''pro''-American countries in Asia (approval ratings for the United States in polls of ordinary Vietnamese people have hovered around 70% since 2012).

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Relations with the US are likewise uneasy but have been normalized at a surprising rate since 1986, and now ended up even more cordial than with China, in spite of Washington's constant criticism on the state of human rights in Vietnam. Whether Vietnam will open its military port at Cam Ranh to American port calls is a matter of debate, but it's obvious that Vietnam is looking for a counterweight to the growing China threat. With TheNewRussia UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia swept aside, who could be better suited for the job than [[EagleLand that superpower that messed up this land just 35 years ago]]? Nice tightrope Vietnam's walking there, but then, [[{{Realpolitik}} realist foreign policy]] makes for strange bedfellows, and--and you might think this odd--Vietnam is, on a people-to-people level, one of the most ''pro''-American countries in Asia (approval ratings for the United States in polls of ordinary Vietnamese people have hovered around 70% since 2012).
21st Jun '17 12:43:39 PM Larkmarn
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* Viet Thanh Nguyen, Vietnamese-born author of 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction ''Literature/TheSympathizer''.
18th Feb '17 1:56:50 AM jamespolk
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* French movies like ''Indochine'' and ''L'Amant'' that take place in early 20th century Vietnam.

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* French movies like ''Indochine'' ''Film/{{Indochine}}'' and ''L'Amant'' that take place in early 20th century Vietnam.
9th Feb '17 1:09:57 PM Larkmarn
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Approximately 3 million Vietnamese live spread out over the world. The vast majority of them are (or are descendants of) refugees from South Vietnam from the end of the Vietnamese war. The term for them is ''Người Việt Hải Ngoại'' (literally "Overseas Vietnamese") or ''Việt Kiều'' (literally "Vietnamese Sojourner"), the latter term is usually how they self-identify and the former is the official term used by the Vietnamese government.

Approximately half of the Overseas Vietnamese live in the United States. In fiction (and in real life) they are associated with working in nail salons. Fascinatingly, this stems from actress Creator/TippiHedren, who took it upon herself to help refugees from the Vietnam War by having them taught a trade and sending them to beauty school. Unsurprisingly, most Vietnamese in the United States have issues with the current Vietnamese government and are more likely to fly the Southern Vietnamese flag.

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Approximately 3 million Vietnamese live spread out over the world. The vast majority of them are (or are descendants of) refugees from South Vietnam from the end of the Vietnamese war. The term for them is ''Người Việt Hải Ngoại'' (literally "Overseas Vietnamese") or ''Việt Kiều'' (literally "Vietnamese Sojourner"), the latter term is usually how they self-identify and the former is the official term used by the Vietnamese government. The vast majority of them are (or are descendants of) refugees from South Vietnam from the end of the Vietnamese War. The Vietnamese refugees fleeing the war are generally referred to as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_boat_people Vietnamese boat people]], no matter how it is they fled.

Approximately half of the Overseas Vietnamese live in the United States. In fiction (and in real life) they are associated with working in nail salons. Fascinatingly, this stems from actress Creator/TippiHedren, who took it upon herself to help refugees from the Vietnam War by having them taught a trade and sending them to beauty school. Unsurprisingly, most Vietnamese in the United States have issues with the current Vietnamese government and are more likely to fly the Southern Vietnamese flag. That said, the majority of them still have family in Vietnam and a great sense of national pride and identity.
9th Feb '17 12:56:14 PM Larkmarn
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!!Vietnamese Emigrants Worldwide
Approximately 3 million Vietnamese live spread out over the world. The vast majority of them are (or are descendants of) refugees from South Vietnam from the end of the Vietnamese war. The term for them is ''Người Việt Hải Ngoại'' (literally "Overseas Vietnamese") or ''Việt Kiều'' (literally "Vietnamese Sojourner"), the latter term is usually how they self-identify and the former is the official term used by the Vietnamese government.

Approximately half of the Overseas Vietnamese live in the United States. In fiction (and in real life) they are associated with working in nail salons. Fascinatingly, this stems from actress Creator/TippiHedren, who took it upon herself to help refugees from the Vietnam War by having them taught a trade and sending them to beauty school. Unsurprisingly, most Vietnamese in the United States have issues with the current Vietnamese government and are more likely to fly the Southern Vietnamese flag.

Given the nature of French colonialism in Vietnam, it's natural that they have the second largest population of Overseas Vietnamese. Approximately 350,000 Vietnamese live in France, primarily in Paris. Unlike the United State or Australia, they are less likely to live in [[FriendlyNeighborhoodChinatown Vietnamese enclaves]] and are more disbursed through the population, likely owing to the fact that they have been in France much longer due to their much longer mutual history.
6th Feb '17 1:03:57 PM Larkmarn
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* The eighth season premiere of ''Series/AnthonyBourdainPartsUnknown'' takes place in Hanoi (and partially Ha Long Bay, for some reason). Anthony Bourdain emphasizes how little the average American knows about Vietnam outside of the Vietnam War. This episode was filmed when UsefulNotes/BarackObama was visiting and features the two eating bun cha.

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* The eighth season premiere of ''Series/AnthonyBourdainPartsUnknown'' takes place in Hanoi (and partially Ha Long Bay, for some reason). Anthony Bourdain emphasizes how little the average American knows about Vietnam outside of the Vietnam War. This episode was filmed when UsefulNotes/BarackObama was visiting and features the two eating bun cha. Bourdain's various food/travel shows have all had episodes in Vietnam, and the country holds a special place in his heart.
6th Feb '17 12:24:00 PM Larkmarn
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In 1986, when destitute Vietnam was near the verge of collapse, a progressive faction in the Communist party rose to power and implemented a course of economic reform called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doi_Moi Renovation]], similar to what Deng Xiaoping did to China eight years earlier. Vietnam thus ceased to be a CommieLand in the strict sense of the term, and nowadays it's a young market economy with rather shaky macroeconomic conditions, dictated by a one-party regime which is in fact an oligarchy. Their relatives (or even themselves) are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]] of the very keystone corporations in Vietnam, while the people working for the government for paycheck are unabashedly [[ObstructiveBureaucrat obstructive bureaucrats]].

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In 1986, when destitute Vietnam was near the verge of collapse, a progressive faction in the Communist party rose to power and implemented a course of economic reform called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doi_Moi Renovation]], similar to what Deng Xiaoping did to China eight years earlier. Vietnam thus ceased to be a CommieLand in the strict sense of the term, and nowadays it's a young market economy with rather shaky macroeconomic conditions, dictated by a one-party regime which is in fact an oligarchy. Their relatives (or even themselves) are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]] of the very keystone corporations in Vietnam, while the people working for the government for paycheck are unabashedly [[ObstructiveBureaucrat obstructive bureaucrats]].
bureaucrats]]. Corruption in the police force is fairly common, with the police often being accused (not without reason) of being useless to anyone without money.
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