Tuesday, 2 June 2009
When the going was good: Vietnam before the years of war
A young man from the Vietnamese landed classes at the time when the country was called French Indo-China.
He would later become a nationalist Minister in the united government against the French after the British took the Japanese surrender.
His house would be destroyed by Cambodian mercenaries paid by the French and he would be imprisoned and then sent into exile in France.
Half the family land would be taken by the Viet Minh/Viet Cong and the rest nationalised by the new government in the South.