Vietnam has been colonized twice throughout its existence. The first colonization was by the Chinese; the second was by the French. Chinese colonization lasted for almost 1,000 years, beginning with the annexation of Northern Vietnam in 111 B.C.Know More
Many Chinese to fled to Vietnam when the Han Dynasty collapsed. This prompted the first of many periods of discontent on the side of the Vietnamese until when Ngo Quyen defeated the Chinese.
The French, and many other European Countries, made contact with Vietnam well before the 19th century. However, it was not until it became clear to France that the Vietnamese were not going to directly support French interests that colonization became official in 1874. This lasted until 1954, after the French-Indochina War, when Vietnam finally got a chance to self-govern.Learn more about South Asia
The most popular sport in Vietnam is soccer, known as football to the local citizenry. Vietnamese people also engage in other sports, such as swimming, boxing, cycling, karate, tennis, judo and aerobics.Full Answer >
Vietnam is still a Communist country. Vietnam declared itself an independent state in 1955, removing itself completely from French rule after defeating French troops the year before. There were many civil conflicts inside the country before the entire area was under Communist control, including the Vietnam War in the 1960s.Full Answer >
The Vietnam War was fought in an attempt to stem the communist rule of Vietnam; it did not succeed in its objectives despite massive loss of life for both South and North Vietnamese and the United States, who stepped in to try and prevent Communist rule in the region. The Vietnam War formerly held the title of the longest war in U.S. history until the war in Afghanistan. Despite military intervention by the U.S., the North Vietnamese was able to overtake the South Vietnamese and the Vietnam War takes its place in history as the only war that the U.S. ever lost.Full Answer >
The United States got involved in Vietnam to prevent the spread of communism throughout Southeast Asia. The domino theory, prevalent in the U.S. government, posited that if Vietnam became communist, it would lead to communist conquests of surrounding countries; victory in Vietnam was crucial to stopping communist expansion.Full Answer >