"Viet Nam Dispatch"
By Gary Richardson
It is apparent immediately that life in Viet Nam is a cooperative venture. I recall attempts during the '60s to denigrate the Vietnamese as devaluing the individual. What I find is a society where interdependence is accepted as essential and honored. The resultant tempering of personal gratification disturbs some Westerners.
In spite of obvious material need in a county where the average income is less than $400, smiles greet me everywhere I go in Viet Nam, evidence of a human wealth as deep as the fertile soil upon which the country thrives.