A Chinese family living in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, has denied allegations that the Chinese community in Vietnam are being persecuted by authorities.
A Chinese family living in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, has denied allegations that the Chinese community in Vietnam are being persecuted by authorities. In a recent interview with a Soviet Television reporter the family said they are active members of the community, with the same rights as other Vietnamese. China and Vietnam have been involved in a war of allegations surrounding the treatment of ethnic Chinese, most of whom were merchants and small businessmen before the end of the Vietnam war. Moscow has sided with Vietnam over the issue, and says Vietnam is being made an object of blackmail and pressure by China because of its independent policies. Meanwhile China reports more than 160,000 ethnic Chinese have fled Vietnam for China this year.
SYNOPSIS: This is district 11 in Ho Chi Minh City. The Chinese ethnics have always been city dwellers. During the Vietnam War they owned small businesses, shops and restaurants, and some say controlled the lucrative black market. Since the war the Communist regime from the north has introduced what it calls a massive re-education campaign.
Some Chinese ethnics who have recently fled Vietnam have reported being uprooted and forced to move to rural areas to start new lives. But Soviet Television reporter Leonid Krichevsky found one family who denied these allegations. They are a family of five, Cham Anh Kiet, the father, his wife, Chon Tho Min and their three children We, Luot, and Zung.
Cham Anh Kiet said that he has been as a mechanic at a textile factory for a number of years. And recently he has been elected as a member of the factory trade union committee. He said that he enjoys all the rights of other Vietnamese citizens. He called reports on Peking Radio that ethnic Chinese are persecuted, fabrications.
His wife Chuon Tho Min does not work. But she agreed that she and her family enjoy all the benefits of a new Vietnam. Her children go to state schools with other Vietnamese children. Her oldest son works and contributes to the family income. She said she thinks ethnic Chinese should remain in Vietnam to help build a socialist society.