Hehe – the leathery old debate between Hanoi and Saigon hits the net,
The latest north-south disputes started last week when a Saigon-based blogger who calls herself ‘Crys’ wrote a frustrated post on her website during a visit last week to the northern capital Hanoi.
‘Old, dirty and ugly streets. Most of the motorbikes are manual shift, not automatic,’ she complained in a post titled ‘F—ing Ha Loi’ (the title intentionally misspells Hanoi as a pun on some northern accents)…
…Trendy Saigonese often consider Hanoians plodding oafs clinging to the past – as opposed to the southern city’s bright lights and bustling markets. Hanoians tend to see Saigonese as crass money-grubbers, lacking in culture – unlike the 1,000-year-old capital’s serene temples and lakes. Read the rest at monsterandcritics.com via Mike 😉
Frustratingly, the article doesn’t give links to the blogs. If you know the addresses, please post a comment. According to the article, debates like this, hackneyed and predictably incendiary as they are, are attracting 5,000 or more comments and (no doubt) umpteen emailed/IMed links, gossip, chatter, yack, yack, yack… I’m very keen to know if any of these Vietnamese bloggers are monetizing their efforts. If they are, they’ll be earning a damned site more than me out of it. I’m convinced there’s a legion of Vietnamese who could very, very quickly be earning good money from blogging if they knew how… and, obviously, if they had the balls. Talking and typing is an alarmingly easy way of getting yerself banged up in Vietnam. As one Vietnamese reader, who shall remain nameless, said in an email to me earlier this year,
I’d really love to blog… but I am hesitant to start…. it’s not very difficult for the authorities to trace your identity once your blog becomes popular.
That’s true of anywhere on the planet. However, I doubt the cops’ll come knocking if I suddenly decide to say, “Jacques Chirac is a prick” every day on this blog. If my anonymous reader wrote, “Nguyen Tan Dung is a prick, Ho Chi Minh was a prick and a fuckwit and Nguyen Minh Triet a prick, a fuckwit and takes it up the arse” every day, there might be a knock at the door. Or maybe a steel toecapped boot and a short ride to some cockroach infested cell.