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Life | My Hanoi

Hanoi is one of the new global cities of the 21st century – a burgeoning centre of international trade and tourism, in competition with other fast growing cities of South East Asia and the south China region. Growing urbanisation has led to a boom in construction: market reform and globalization have caused an influx of Western consumer goods. My Hanoi is the story of Thuy Linh, whose family has lived in the flower village area of Hanoi for generations, but must now move. Seen through Thuy’s eyes, the programme profiles a city in a period of dramatic change – emerging from colonialism and the still painful memories of the Vietnam war, through socialism to the current free market era where a younger generation is asserting itself as a force for change. Thuy describes the extended family she grew up with in the flower village, and charts the stories of their lives against the backdrop of the changing sky-line of the city – old people, young people, politicians, housewives, and the migrant day labourers who work on the construction sites.

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