Vietcetera ‘Reacts’: As part of our commitment to delivering authentic Vietnamese perspectives on international narratives, we’re responding to a recent SCMP article. Today’s focus is on Vietnam’s rapid economic growth, the achievements of its young people, and the challenges the nation faces. Stay tuned for our in-depth analysis!
Vietnam’s vibrant youth are taking center stage as the nation’s economy surges, with many proudly showcasing their achievements, termed ‘flexing.’ As the country rides the wave of rapid economic growth, a group of high-achieving young individuals is emerging, flourishing in their pursuits both at home and abroad.
These go-getters are securing positions at the world’s top institutions, such as Lap Le, who’s been offered spots at three Ivy League schools, and innovators like Le Yen Thanh, who’s making waves in the tech sector. Social media platforms like the Facebook page Flex đến hơi thở cuối cùng (Flex to the Last Breath) celebrate such accomplishments, gathering a large following and inspiring countless others.
However, the story doesn’t stop with success. A deeper dive reveals the challenges many face in accessing the same opportunities. A vast number of Vietnamese youth work tirelessly, often juggling multiple jobs with their studies, trying to carve out their path in a booming but unequal economy. The rising cost of living and education poses a considerable challenge, making it hard for many to move ahead. Like Van Hung, who’s had to pause his studies due to the strain of balancing work, education, and the mounting pressures of daily life.
But amidst these challenges, stories of resilience and hope stand out. My Le’s tale is a testament to the transformative power of education and the enduring spirit of the Vietnamese. Encouraged by her mother, My Le’s journey from a small town in the Mekong Delta to a prestigious global consulting firm speaks volumes about Vietnam’s untapped potential.
As the nation eyes high-income status by 2045, addressing educational inequalities becomes imperative. The growing gap in access to quality education could hinder the country’s progress. However, the determination of the Vietnamese youth, coupled with the government’s initiatives to bolster vocational training and support SMEs, paints a hopeful picture for the future.
The journey ahead is long, with hurdles to overcome, but the spirit of the Vietnamese people remains unyielding. As Vietnam continues to stride forward, stories of ambition, resilience, and hope will continue to shape its future, with the ‘flex’ culture at its heart.