On a Sunday afternoon in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, young people gather in the central park to meet with their friends, practise their English and perfect their guitar playing. All under the benevolent gaze of Ho Chi Minh himself.
Coming to the end of a short holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia, what has struck me most powerfully is the sheer energy, dynamism and YOUTH of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s economic powerhouse. According to the latest international census data, almost 25% of the population is under the age of 14, (compared to 18% in the United Kingdom.) In fact more than half the population weren’t even born when the Vietnam war ended in 1975.