Friday, 28 September 2007
A time of relative ease in Vietnam. This was the period before the Second World War and the Japonese occupation. Then the war of the Viet Minh against the French colonisers. Then the war of the Viet Cong to unify Vietnam. First against Ngo Dinh Diem, then various presidents and the Americans. Thirty five years of continuous warfare destroyed the old way of life. That of the French but also that of the Vietnamese, be they peasants in their villages or the landed gentry.