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Vietnam's past casts shadow on its future

Young workers' prospects hemmed in by families' wartime links

SUPREME IRONY: Hanoi's stance, that the conflict was not a civil war but a revolution against the US and the puppet Saigon government, is the "biggest obstacle to reconciliation", said Huy Duc, author of The Winning Side, a book about Vietnam after reunification.


AS a graduate from one of Vietnam's most prestigious schools, 22-year-old Cao would seem to have a bright future ahead of him - if only the past would get out of the way. He's found his career prospects hemmed in by the lingering legacy of a war that ended nearly two decades before...

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