Three years ago, a lack of job prospects in his Mekong Delta hometown led Truong Ba Long, 33, to move to Vietnam’s economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.

“Saigon is the promised land for people from the delta,” said Long, who now works as an electrician at a restaurant chain. The son of a vendor and a hairdresser from Kien Giang province received his degree in electrical engineering from a university in Saigon and said about 80 per cent of the friends he grew up with had…


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