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Tuesday, 16 October 2007

More faces from the North. Vietnam Memories.







Saigon, sometime in the early 1970s. Many of the younger residents were born in the South, but their parents had come from the North after the withdrawal of the French and the partition of Vietnam into the North and South.
For a foreigner it took some time, even years, to understand the cultural differences between the old North, that the French had called Tonkin, the centre that the French had called Annam and the old South that the French had called Cochin Chine. The political divisions were much easier to understand.
The Vietnamese spoken by the North was easier to learn, if easy is the correct word, than that spoken by the South. On the other hand as most people in Saigon were southerners it was not always helpful. Nobody seemed to use the Vietnamese of the centre, except perhaps those that came from there.

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