Is it rude to call Ho Chi Minh Saigon?
It’s offensive to the Vietnamese diaspora if you don’t call it Saigon. Obviously this question is about what to call it when you’re in the country of Vietnam, but to the diaspora that fled the country after the Vietnam War, calling it Ho Chi Minh City ranges from mildly to extremely offensive.
What does the name Saigon mean?
• SAIGON (noun) Meaning: A city in South Vietnam; formerly (as Saigon) it was the capital of French Indochina.
Where did Ho Chi Minh come from?
How did Saigon get its name?
An etymology of Saigon (or Sài Gòn in Vietnamese) is that Sài is a Sino-Vietnamese word (Hán tự: 柴) meaning “firewood, lops, twigs; palisade”, while Gòn is another Sino-Vietnamese word (Hán tự: 棍) meaning “stick, pole, bole”, and whose meaning evolved into “cotton” in Vietnamese (bông gòn, literally “cotton stick”, …
What was the old name for Vietnam?
Names of Vietnam
|1887–1954||Đông Dương (Bắc Kỳ, Trung Kỳ, Nam Kỳ)|
|from 1945||Việt Nam|
|History of Vietnam|
What is Hanoi called now?
Hanoi has been the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since 1976.
|Hanoi Hà Nội|
|Largest district by population||Hoàng Mai District (2019 census 506,347)|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Official name||Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long – Hanoi|
Is it better to say Saigon or Ho Chi Minh?
Or was it Saigon? Well, the official name is Ho Chi Minh City (often abbreviated „HCMC“), although the southern metropolis has been called Saigon for centuries. But after the Americans, and with them South Vietnam lost the war in 1975, North Vietnam took over and forcefully re-united the split country.