Welcome to the Wild East

IT IS EASTER WEEK IN VIETNAM, and there are those who say the skies are full of portents. Certainly the streets are. In Hanoi the open-air markets are bustling with customers and abundant with beautiful vegetables. The boulevards are choked with Honda minibikes. In a speech to Asia watchers, Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet sets forth as first among his administration's goals a distinctly noncommunist priority: "to make our people rich."

In Saigon, where park benches are named for Viet Cong war dead, some martyrs to the revolution share their sign space with Kronenbourg beer ads. The place isn't called Ho...

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