HO CHI MINH (Nguyen Tât Thanh) was the founder and President of the People’s Republic of Vietnam. From the end of the first World War until 1969, his leadership for independence highlighted both the tenacious resistance of the Vietnamese people to their own tyrannical regimes and a long series of invaders and colonizers: the Chinese, the Mongols, the French and the Americans. Westerners, not considering his requests, found themselves at war and had to retreat in a most humiliating way. He often was called “Uncle Ho”, but he changed a hundred times his identity. He was imprisoned, tortured and exiled several times. He lived over thirty years in various regions of the planet, shaping his world view with a combination of various ideologies and political regimes. That’s why he guided the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in a particular way different from the two Communist giants: the USSR and China.
Copyright: Alice Labrèque and Jean Routier, Québec, 2012-2013.