11/9/2015 – 4:00 pm
Since 1975 much has changed in Vietnam. That was when the American presence in the country left and reunification took place. Over the last forty years, Vietnam has changed from a poor tropical nation into a country with developed urban centers and modernized rural communities. That is the message that Professor Nguyen Diep Quy brought with her to Hancock County. Professor Nguyen who asked to be referred to as “Vy” talked with the Findlay Rotary Club about the changes in Vietnam since the reunification.
Vy has given several presentations at schools around Hancock County and at the University of Findlay about the changes in Vietnam, and she mentioned that many students in America have a view of the country which is enforced by history. While the war was a major part of the story of Vietnam, Vy mentions that much has changed in the last forty years.
“In listening to my presentations, they [students] used to think about Vietnam through the lens of the war and the past which is often associated with un-development and poverty. But Vietnam nowadays is very different.” said Vy
Vy said that after several economic reforms in the 1980’s and after the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States in the 1990’s, Vietnam has grown economically. Ho Chi Minh City, formally known as Saigon has grown into the economic center of Vietnam and also accounts for its economy. Vy also said that the rural communities have embraced modern technological advances in infrastructure and farming to build better communities. She noted that in the last forty years, as the population has grown older, many people in Vietnam today do not remember life prior to 1975. So the cultural influences have changed as well over time.
Being in Findlay has also been an experience for Vy and she says that she found that she loved the community. Vy mentioned that after arriving here, she found residents to be friendly, open, and talkative, and she found many of the sights around Findlay to be quite enjoyable.
“I love Findlay so much. There’s so many things here. The communities are nice, people are friendly, students are smart and supportive, the landscape is so beautiful and the weather, at least at this time of the year has been warm and sunny.” said Vy.
Vy cited chocolate from Dietsch’s as a particular favorite that she was planning to take back to her family in Vietnam. Vy came to Findlay as a part of a community internationalization project with the University of Findlay and has spent her time in Hancock County meeting with students and community groups from all over the county talking about modern developments in Vietnam.
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