It wasn’t surprising when the victorious North Vietnamese decided to celebrate their conquest of the south by renaming Saigon “Ho Chi Minh City.”
Nor was it surprising that the city, far more wealthy, cosmopolitan, and populous than Hanoi, should become the financial capital and the home of the stock exchange as Vietnam went capitalist.
And it was only natural that the stock exchange in Ho Chi Minh City should be the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.
Still, I couldn’t help feeling a moment of vertigo when I read in the Financial Times that “the Ho Chi Minh stock index rebounded 125 per cent from its lows last year.”
Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh!
Long on copper, short on tin!
just sounds wrong. Does anyone know whether Uncle Ho had a sense of humor?