VIET NAM: The Slow Road to Socialism

Like countless other communities in Asia, Ho Chi Minh City—also known as Saigon—last week celebrated Tet, the three-day lunar New Year. Flowers bedecked the streets, although perhaps not so many as in years gone by. The city's florists did not believe that South Viet Nam's new Provisional Revolutionary Government would allow such a luxury. As one of them put it, "We were not prepared to grow flowers on time."

For the first time since 1968, when Tet was the occasion of a devastating Communist military offensive, firecrackers were allowed in Saigon and...

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