Saigon Buries War Past

Breakneck rush to development leaves high-rises in place of multi-tiered history
By Michael Foreman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 12:21 PM CDT
Saigon Buries War Past
Younger Vietnamese are "sick of hearing about " the war.   ((c) Augapfel)

(Newser) – It looks like Saigon, “the Paris of the East,” can't wait to ditch its colorful culture and tumultuous history for a shining capitalist future, Peter Jon Lindberg writes in Travel + Leisure. Officially Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese “cosmopolis,” 8 million strong, boasts the world's fastest-growing retail market, with high-rises and reclamation projects replacing its once "singular sense of place."

Foreign expatriates and returning Vietnamese have spread global trends among the locals, two-thirds of whom were born after the war's end in 1975. Says one British expat, "There’s a sense of exasperation among young Vietnamese when it comes to the war. They’re sick of hearing about it. For anyone under 30 the attitude is, 'Let’s move on.'" (Read more Vietnam stories.)

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