Orientation: The West’s guilt by supporting an absolutely corrupt regime before 1975 and the vain sacrifice of our soldiers linger on. A large, densely populated land with long coastline with 95 million people with a proud history. Some are very rich, most are very poor. 15% of the people are tribal, not ethnic Vietnamese.
Religion: ‘Vietnamese Folk Religion’ with many Buddhist, Chinese and animist elements. Many claim to have ‘no religion’ but are full of superstitions. The Church: nearly wiped out in the great persecution 1975-1990, but now spectacular growth. The new Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vietnam (ELCV) depends monthly on AFA support.