Saigon (since 1976, H Chi Minh City) is the largest metropolitan area in modern Vietnam and has long been the country's economic engine. This is the city's complete history, from its humble beginnings as a Khmer village in the swampy Mekong delta to its emergence as a major political, economic and cultural hub. Examined in detail are the city's many transitions through the hands of the Chams, Khmers, Vietnamese, Chinese, French, Japanese, Americans, nationalists and communists, as well as the Saigon-led resistance to collectivization and the city's central role in Vietnam's perestroika-like economic reforms.
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Nghia M. Vo, a Vietnamese-American, helped found the nonprofit Saigon Arts, Culture & Education Institute, and has written multiple books on Vietnamese culture. He lives in Virginia. He strives to document Vietnamese-American culture through conferences, publications and a website.Review:
"offers a detailed, affectionate history of the city from its birth as a minor coastal trading post in the late 15th century, through various conquests and re-conquests by warlords and foreign powers, to its present status as a global city"--Reference & Research Book News; "Engaging history"--Ronald B. Frankum, Jr., Ph.D., Chair, Department of History, Millersville University of Pennsylvania; "In an exquisitely drawn chronicle, Dr. Nghia Vo outlines Saigon's beginning from a humble village in a muddy swamp, to one of Asia's premier cities. Vo captivates the reader by weaving Saigon's turbulent growth within the bloody history of South Vietnam. At times poignant, Vo writes with passion about his home, lamenting its devastation at the hands of the Communist's, while proud of Saigon's amazing resilience. Required reading for anyone seeking to understand the South Vietnamese, their plight, and their incredible resurgence after the war."--George J. Veith, author of Code Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts during the Vietnam War, and Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75.
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