Form of government:
socialist republic with one legislative house (National Assembly
Head of state: President.
Head of government: Prime Minister.
Official language: Vietnamese.
Official religion: none.
1 dong (D) = 10 hao = 100 xu; valuation (Sept. 25, 1998) 1 U.S.$ = D
Viet Nam Project: A country, not a War
As you may know, Vietnam has a long history of struggles against many foreign rules. No matter what the struggles--political or economical ideology--might be, the Vietnamese people seem to always have a strong-willed to self-independent.
Briefly, Vietnam was once conquered and ruled by the Chinese over 5000 years. Because of this, Vietnamese's cultures and traditions today are greatly affected by this long reign, from the daily cuisine and spices to the moral founding of Confucius' ideas. Both aspects are settled deeply in the heart of most Vietnamese.
After the Chinese, the French came and colonized Vietnam until Ho Chi Minh and his regime, the Viet Minh tore the French's military apart at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. The French left some of their cultural aspects onto the Vietnamese. Consequently, walking down the main streets of Vietnam today, you can not miss the modernized style of he lastest trends in fashions and the markets. (This is also largely due to recent international marketization in Vietnam.)
Eventhough the presence of the United States' military in Vietnam was for a "good cause" in the 1960s and 1970s, Ho chi Minh and his regime did not feel the same way. They quickly became the one to drive away another kind of "foreigners". Ho Chi Minh and the Viet minh strategically discouraged the American's forces to stop its "containment" policy in South Vietnam by the late 1970s. Finally, by April 30, 1975, to what most Vietnamese called as the 30 years long "Vietnamese/American War" ended. Ho Chi Minh took full power and forces over Vietnam.
Nevertheless, the next time you hear of Vietnam, you should not think of it as the world most elongagted war. Instead you should think of Vietnam as a country, full of its own beautiful traditions and good morale individuals, in addition to having many productive natural resources.
of this, I invite you to visit these following sites
to see the other side of Vietnam.
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