I am writing the section on South Asia and South East Asian Design – for the Encyclopedia of Asian Design.
Vietnam Vietnam underwent a dramatic transformation in the mid 1990’s. The dour, Soviet-style police state is changing into a vibrant, dynamic and increasingly open society. However, the old mindset and the new open-mindedness co-exist rather comfortably. It is not uncommon to find the streets plastered with emblems of the Party next to the Swoosh and Party officials spewing Marxism-Leninism wisdom as they embrace consumerism.