Vietnam : A Look Into Vietnam

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“A Look into Vietnam”
Vietnam resembles the shape of a seahorse that stretches southeast into the Pacific Ocean; Vietnam is known as to as the “balcony of the Pacific.” By way of its water transportation links that were developed prior to rail and road networks, Vietnamese migration pressed southward (Nam Tien) along the coast. (Taus-Bolstad, 2006) Distinct regions meant that trade was more than a means to establish national unity within a dispersed settler society. (Taus-Bolstad, 2006) A geographical division of resources meant the North controlled most of the raw materials while the South served as the breadbasket. (Taus-Bolstad, 2006) The two-decade partition during the Cold War forced both the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN) in the North and the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) in the South to rely on outside sources of assistance. This continued after reunification in 1975 until the effects from the market reforms (doi moi), which were implemented in 1986, spread throughout the economy. Vietnam’s capital Hanoi distinguished its millennium anniversary in 2010, making it one of the oldest capitals in Southeast Asia. (Staff, 2009) It grew into the capital of Vietnam under the first emperor of the Ly Dynasty (1009–1225) who named it Thang Long (Rising Dragon). The city went several other name changes before finally becoming Hanoi, “the city amid waters,” owing to its location on the Red River Delta. In the 19th century when the country unified under the Nguyen Dynasty, the
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