The Bridge Generation of Việt Nam: Spanning Wartime to Boomtime
Born and raised during wartime, the Bridge Generation grew up in straw and mud houses with no indoor plumbing or electricity, experienced desperate poverty and famine in the 1970s and 1980s, and now are driving forces of one of the world's most dynamic economies.
This series of profiles focuses on three time periods in Vietnam's recent history—wartime (mostly pre-1975), the subsidy period (1975 to late 1980s), and Doi Moi (1986 to present), which is when the country began to embrace a market economy. We call those periods War, Hunger and Launch and offer profiles of some of the Bridge Generation members in an effort to capture the feeling of the period.
A new documentary coming out later this year draws upon profiles in this book to look at misunderstandings between generations in Vietnam. Look for We to Me to learn more about those differing perspectives at wetomeproject.com
Napier, Nancy K. and Thuy Ha, Dau, "The Bridge Generation of Việt Nam: Spanning Wartime to Boomtime" (2020). Faculty & Staff Authored Books. 538.