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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Did this Viet Cong die that the rice paddies be turned into golf courses?

The death of a Viet Cong in Phan Thiet, 1968
Did he die so that the rice paddies could be converted into golf courses?

Phan Thiet Journal
Golf Courses Now Grow in Vietnam’s Rice Fields

Published: October 19, 2009
PHAN THIET, Vietnam — It may be the most capitalist enterprise in Communist Vietnam — by the rich and for the rich: a proliferation of golf courses that is displacing thousands of farmers and devouring the rice fields the country depends on.

Justin Mott for The New York Times
The Sea Links Golf and Country Club, which is built on sand dunes, pipes in water from a source nearly two miles away.
In Vietnam, a Backlash Against Golf Courses

Justin Mott for The New York Times

The New York Times
The Dai Lai golf course drove thousands off their farmland.
Until last year, according to experts who have done the calculations, licenses for new courses were being issued at an average of one a week, for a total of more than 140 projects around the country.


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