ASIA

VIETNAM BY BLAIR OCONNELL

VIETNAM

Vietnam is a long narrow country stretching from China


To the Gulf of Thailand. There are seven geographical


regions, including the Red River delta, the Mekong River


delta, narrow coastal plains and north western and central


highlands. Approximately 75 percent of Vietnam’s land


area is mountainous, with only 22 percent available for


crops, mostly in the river deltas

The climate is shaped by monsoons, which bring rain


from May to September (until November in the central


and southern areas). December to February are cooler


months, providing some relief from heat and humidity. Most Vietnamese are Kinh, yet there are more than


54 minority ethnic groups. The national language is


Vietnamese life reflects a blend of Buddhist,


Taoist and Confucian beliefs. There are small groups of


Muslims, Christians and the Cao-Dai and Hoa Hao sects. One thousand years of Chinese rule ended in 938 AD, but


Vietnamese rulers had to repeatedly repel Chinese armies


in later centuries. France colonised Vietnam in the mid-19th


century, maintaining control until the Japanese invaded in


1940. Although attempts were made to re-establish control


after World War 2, the French were ultimately repelled.


Vietnamese life reflects a blend of Buddhist,


Taoist and Confucian beliefs. There are small groups of


Muslims, Christians and the Cao-Dai and Hoa Hao sects. One thousand years of Chinese rule ended in 938 AD, but


Vietnamese rulers had to repeatedly repel Chinese armies


in later centuries. France colonised Vietnam in the mid-19th


century, maintaining control until the Japanese invaded in


1940. Although attempts were made to re-establish control


after World War 2, the French were ultimately repelled.


The climate is shaped by monsoons, which bring rain


from May to September (until November in the central


and southern areas). December to February are cooler


months, providing some relief from heat and humidity. Most Vietnamese are Kinh, yet there are more than


54 minority ethnic groups. The national language is


Vietnamese life reflects a blend of Buddhist,


Taoist and Confucian beliefs. There are small groups of


Muslims, Christians and the Cao-Dai and Hoa Hao sects. One thousand years of Chinese rule ended in 938 AD, but


Vietnamese rulers had to repeatedly repel Chinese armies


in later centuries. France colonised Vietnam in the mid-19th


century, maintaining control until the Japanese invaded in


1940. Although attempts were made to re-establish control


after World War 2, the French were ultimately repelled.


Vietnamese life reflects a blend of Buddhist,


Taoist and Confucian beliefs. There are small groups of


Muslims, Christians and the Cao-Dai and Hoa Hao sects. One thousand years of Chinese rule ended in 938 AD, but


Vietnamese rulers had to repeatedly repel Chinese armies


in later centuries. France colonised Vietnam in the mid-19th


century, maintaining control until the Japanese invaded in


1940. Although attempts were made to re-establish control


after World War 2, the French were ultimately repelled.