Statue of Ho Chi Minh in front of city hall. He was a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969).
Chinese-made tank used in the war.
Howard Whidden on his return visit to
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As promised, here is part 2 of our
My friend Howard Whidden, also originally from
HOWARD, WHAT HASN'T CHANGED?
The genuine warmth of the people, their unparalleled cuisine, the outstanding beauty of the country, the poverty and work ethic of the people, their resourcefulness, the corruption of government officials, the motorbike being the main form of transportation, both for people and goods; their outrageous but uniquely Vietnamese way of driving; their rainy seasons, and the heat and humidity of Saigon.
HOWARD, WHAT HAS CHANGED?
The tremendous growth in population and their cities, with skyscrapers and modern highways; paved roads everywhere; the elimination of the war's vestiges (except in their war museums); propaganda posters, flags and the hammer and sickle EVERYWHERE; the brainwashing/indoctrination of schoolchildren; the unbelievable pandemonium of their city traffic; their successful attempts to improve the attractiveness of churches, temples and historic sites.