Saturday, February 8, 2014


It's another invasion of Vietnam;
Fast-food giant McDonald's - often seen as a symbol of American capitalism - has opened its first restaurant in communist-controlled Vietnam.
Hundreds of people queued for the opening of the restaurant in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh, AFP says.
As they did in Moscow when McDonald's opened there during the Soviet Union's heyday. But the big McD has competition undreampt of by Brezhnev's apparatchiks; Starbucks, Subway, Burger King, and KFC all have a presence there.

Something else that is recognizable;
....Henry Nguyen flipped burgers at a McDonald's restaurant while a teenager growing up in the United States, where his family fled at the end of the war.
He said last July, after winning the franchise, it had been his dream to open a McDonald's since returning to Vietnam more than a decade ago.
....He is married to the daughter of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

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