Vietnam’s most honored leader is by far Ho Chi Minh who is responsible for leading Vietnam in fighting the Japanese during WWII, defeating French colonialists, and reunifying the country after the Vietnam War. After traveling abroad in France and the Soviet Union, Ho Chi Minh brought communist ideology back to Vietnam and began the communist party that endures today. Though he died in 1969 before the Vietnam War ended, his leadership during the war was a strong factor in victory for the north.
Vietnamese Christians often face persecution for their faith. Living in a communist country, they are often watched and called in for questioning by the authorities. Christianity is still viewed by many in the communist government as a Western influence. Though today Christians still face pressure from the government, much of the persecution is from their families and communities. As new Christians leave the life of ancestor worship, they are labeled as traitors to their families. Communities often shun Christians because they are wary of the communist government.