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International Students to Discuss Future of Vietnam March 30

RELEASED: March 20, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Several students from Vietnam studying at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will participate in a Roundtable Discussion titled "Vietnam: The Next Asian Dragon?" March 30.

The discussion will run from 4-5 p.m. March 30 in the Badger Room of Davies Center.

More than 30 years after the end of the Vietnam War, many Americans continue to think of Vietnam as a war torn and isolated nation. In fact, Vietnam has made great economic strides in recent years as it has moved into a market economy.

Some experts are predicting that Vietnam — host of this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit — will become another "Asian Dragon" power similar to China.

The students will talk about how Vietnam has moved from a nation devastated by war to a future "Asian Dragon," how Vietnam reconciles its Communist government with an emerging capitalistic market economic, and what the future of Vietnam's relationship with the United States might look like.

Student panelists include Minh Ha Nguyen, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Hiep Cong Nguyen, Anh Quynh Thai and Phuong Thanh Nguyen.

Maria Dacosta, a professor of economics, will serve as faculty facilitator during the discussion. And Ashley Wong will be the roundtable coordinator.

The event is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education.

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