December 17, 1999 |
Pham Ngu Lao Street, Southeast Asia's most famous "backpackers' alley" for low-budget travelers, runs for only seven blocks. But among its small hotels, Internet cafes and coffee shops, tourists find a microcosm of the free-market forces that are reshaping Vietnam. A decade ago, Pham Ngu Lao was a residential street, its quiet broken only in the early morning by buses unloading farmers from the Mekong Delta who came to sell produce in the city's markets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2000 |
The often fractious Vietnamese American community in Little Saigon is rallying around the cause of an activist arrested last week after dropping 50,000 anti-Communist leaflets in Ho Chi Minh City on the eve of President Clinton's visit there. Tong Ly, 50, of New Orleans has been held in a Thailand jail since returning from his Nov. 16 flight.
February 28, 1992 |
The building in the city that once crumbled under a rain of artillery is clean, trim and inviting, not unlike a resort hotel, and the young Vietnamese people who live there are much the same. But they are not quite Vietnamese, and they don't want to stay. They long to be American, but they are not quite American. They are hopeful, but they are also bewildered, dispossessed, lost in a world of hazy culture and ethnicity between Orient and Occident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 |
The political prisoner looked ashen and bony - weary from the months of being held in his native Vietnam - as he was pulled into the tight embrace of his family. Nguyen Quoc Quan, a math professor turned democracy activist, had been detained almost as soon as he arrived in Ho Chi Minh City more than nine months ago, accused of attempting to overthrow the communist government. The government locked the 60-year-old from Garden Grove in a 9-foot-by-9-foot cell, his only company the minder assigned to watch his every move.
January 2, 1998 |
A bunch of middle-aged veterans from Vietnam and the United States, many of them disabled, set out on an improbable journey Thursday to bury a war and test the limits of sinew as well as heart. They gathered with their bicycles at dawn in the shadow of Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum in Hanoi, the morning misty and charged with the veterans' sense of both sadness and relief, and behind a police escort pedaled off for what was once known as Saigon--16 days and 1,200 miles away.
October 9, 1990 |
More than a decade after the dreaded Khmer Rouge Communists were ousted from power in Cambodia by a Vietnamese invasion, it hasn't gotten much easier getting to this dilapidated capital city.
June 16, 1996 |
Ha sits between women painted in lipstick and rouge, her face as naked and soft as a child's. "I like to be natural," she says shyly. The older prostitutes laugh indulgently. At 21, Ha has been streetwalking for only one month. She still has big dreams. "I think I won't do this very long, only until I earn enough money to go into business," she says, sipping lemonade and imagining herself owning a little shop stocked with pens or hats or cakes.
November 26, 1989 |
Almost 15 years have passed since a North Vietnamese army tank forced the gate of Saigon's Independence Palace, signaling the defeat of South Vietnam and the unification of the two countries under communism. Today, the sound of war still faintly reverberates throughout Saigon, now officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, where the Communist victory is tainted by what is, for many, a futile quest for prosperity. "Could it be that quite a few things here really haven't changed all that much?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2000 |
Garden Grove officials gave a green light this week to the state's first Cao Dai church, despite residents who protested having a religious facility in their neighborhood. Council members granted a conditional use permit Tuesday for construction of a 2,150-square-foot church and a caretaker's home nearly the same size at 8791 Orangewood Ave. The facility would provide about 200 followers of the Cao Dai faith in Orange County a place to pray aside from their homes and offices.
March 4, 2007 |
Northerners are rude, they talk funny, they're lousy drivers, and they have bad taste. When a Vietnamese blogger unleashed this tirade from down south recently, people 700 miles away in Hanoi responded with a flood of angry website postings and a few death threats text-messaged to the blogger's cellphone. The episode underscored a delicate truth about Vietnam: Hard feelings die hard. The United States has had 142 years to recover from the Civil War.