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Vietnam is divided into 3 regions the North, the South, and the Center.
   
A ruled country:
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by the Chinese, for over 1,000 years until 1010.
   
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900 years of independence.
   
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French troops conquered Saigon in 1859 and in 1883 force uncolonialized parts of Vietnam to accept the status of a French protectorate.
   
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September 1940-1945, Japanese troops occupy Indochina.
   
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1945, France attempts to establish herself again as a colonial power in Vietnam.
   
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1954, French defeated.
   
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July 20, 1954 in Geneva, negotiators of the Viet Minh and France agree on the division of Vietnam into two states:  a communist North Vietnam and a capitalist South Vietnam.
   
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April 1975, North Vietnamese troops occupy Saigon; Vietnam is unified.
   
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From 1975 to 1992, many Vietnamese flee their homeland, taking with them their heritage, culture, and of course their cuisine.
 
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