The oldest porcelain factory in Vietnam hasn’t changed much since it was opened in 1960.
Back then it was operated by the communist government of the former North Vietnam when the country was divided.
Today it’s united under communist rule but the government has embraced capitalism.
Like most state-owned enterprises, this factory has been privatized and will soon move to a new purpose-built industrial park.
Moving to a new factory will help us develop. You can see all our machines are old, so we’ll invest in more modern production lines.
For more than 20 years, Vietnam was torn apart by war. It ended in 1975 with the North defeating the South, which was backed by the United States.
Communism emerged victorious but the leaders soon realized that their centralized economic system had to change.
Economic reality was the best future.
The government embarked on a series of reforms to open the country up and allow market forces.
It now has one of the best performing economies in the world.