Election daze in Vietnam

It is evening in Vietnam – or morning/mourning in America – depending on whose candidate won or lost.

Here in Vietnam, people followed the election closely with most Vietnamese I know having rooted for Hillary Clinton.   The reasons:  1. they like her husband Bill Clinton, the first US president to come to Vietnam (and for whom Pho 2000 – the soup chain was named in his honor and the year he came) 2. she is a woman and 3.  Trump was too “loud”.

The exception was my reliable Saigon barber, Cuong. In addition to a good haircut he dishes out, softly, pearls of wisdom, promising to make me 10 years younger by his craftsmanship, and generally good humor.

In a pre-election whisper he proffers “I like Trump”.  I am surprised since he seems to be both well informed and an outlier.  “Why”? I ask.  His answer was simple:

“Trump is strong, and Vietnamese like strong leaders” and “Trump hates China and Vietnamese hate China too”.   Simple answers and understandable.

A long time between my blogs; life has interceded in its myriad forms but I am back here for another “season” albeit in Da Nang.

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About Dr. Roy Nirschel

Thirty years experience as an educator; international traveler, occasional writer, on a personal journey. Author of My Seasons in Saigon (available at amazon.com). Upon the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States I promised to go to Mexico; I did! Carol and I are here now. In the spirit of full disclosure, I promised to go to Mexico if Hillary Clinton was elected president too. The Seasons in Saigon are over; I am uncertain about Vietnam for many reasons despite my love for the country. Now it is Mexico time.

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