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1968/01/20 While leading a reconnaissance mission north of the Cua Viet River near the village of My Loc, Ron Kovic is shot by North Vietnamese soldiers, paralyzing him from the chest down. Born on the Fourth of July

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Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, as well as China, Laos, and Cambodia - The World Factbook

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Demonym: Vietnamese
Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 119

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Vietnam War Experience

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The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the Communist North and anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under Communist rule. Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies, the persecution and mass exodus of individuals - many of them successful South Vietnamese merchants - and growing international isolation. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The Communist leaders, however, maintain control on political expression and have resisted outside calls to improve human rights. The country continues to experience small-scale protests from various groups - the vast majority connected to land-use issues, calls for increased political space, and the lack of equitable mechanisms for resolving disputes. Various ethnic minorities, such as the Montagnards of the Central Highlands and the Khmer Krom in the southern delta region, have also held protests. - The World Factbook

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Apocalypse Now Film Francis Ford Coppola "Apocalypse Now" is set in Vietnam during the Vietnam War
Born in the U.S.A. Song Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA" is set in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Born on the Fourth of July Film Oliver Stone "Born on the Fourth of July" is set in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, 1968.
Cyclo Film Anh-Hung Tran "Cyclo" is a bicycle-taxi operator in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city)
Dog Soldiers Book Robert Stone "Dog Soldiers" is set in Saigon near the end of the Vietnam War, early 1970s
Paradise of the Blind Book Duong Thu Huong "Paradise of the Blind" is set in Vietnam
Platoon Film Oliver Stone "Platoon" is set in Vietnam during the Vietnam War
Red Dust (film) Film Victor Fleming "Red Dust" is set on a rubber plantation in French Indochina during the monsoon season.
The Lover Book Marguerite Duras "The Lover" is set in Saigon, 1929
The Quiet American Book Graham Greene "The Quiet American" is set in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), 1950s
The Things They Carried Short Story Collection Tim O'Brien Set in Vietnam, "The Things They Carried" is based on Tim O'Brien experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division.

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