[Photos] Feel the pulse of a fast-changing Vietnam in the 1990s
Spurred on by rapid economic growth, Vietnam has been one of the fastest evolving nations on earth by virtually every metric for decades. This collection of photos from the 90s, showing a country markedly different from today's Vietnam, lays testament to that
August 17, 2020
By the mid-1990’s, Vietnam’s astounding economic transformation was well underway.
Shot between 1995 and 1999, they depict a country at the nexus of globalized modernity and tradition. Locals roast coconuts with brick ovens in Ben Tre, while employees processing shrimp for export at a plant in Can Tho adhere to strict safety standards. In Sapa, H’Mông wear traditional, handmade clothing while motorbikes sneak onto streets overwhelmed with bicycles.
No culture or country ever exists as a static concept, but there are moments of accelerated flux. Truly, Vietnam did not saunter towards the 21st century, but hurled ahead driven by a manic hunger to grow, expand and change for the sake of people’s prosperity.
Have a look at these frantic years below:
Photos via RedsVN. This story was originally published on Saigoneer here.