Episode 1073 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the first McDonald’s restaurant opening in communist Hanoi. The story comes from The Japan News and is titled: Hanoi gets its 1st McDonald’s. It came from Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper published in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other major Japanese cities. It is part of the Yomiuri Group, Japan’s largest media conglomerate.
The primary topic of the story is about the opening of the first McDonald’s in Hanoi. Another aspect of the story in addition to the significance of it being a first in that city is the person who made it all happen. Henry Nguyen was a refugee who fled the Vietnam War along with his family and who made the perilous journey to America. He grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia and his first job was at a McDonald’s restaurant. Ironically he rose up the ladder of success and returned to his homeland as a successful businessman with a McDonald’s franchise in tow.
It is the opinion of this writer that this event in Hanoi makes an even greater statement about the Vietnam Saga that has played out over the last hundred years. Rather than being a true believer in the teachings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as presented in their Communist Manifesto written in 1848, Ho Chi Minh was something else.
This writer believes he was a committed nationalist whose primary goal was the establishment of a free and independent Vietnam. He claimed to be a communist when he saw that as the most viable way for him to go in his mission of creating an independent homeland. After the dust settled, it is clear the independent Vietnam Ho fought so hard to create is now a vibrant and growing country looking for a place to dispose the dead corpse of its formerly communist government.
Listen to episode 1073 and discover the whole story about the opening of a new era of fine dining in Hanoi that is being ushered in by the Henry Nguyen and the McDonald’s Corporation.