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From field to factory: Vietnam's globalisation winners

Since Ford opened its doors 20 years ago in Hai Duong, Vietnam, the area has morphed from an agrarian backwater into an industrial zone peppered with foreign-owned factories  Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan grew up on a small plot of land in rural Vietnam, with just enough food to eat, few new clothes and no disposable income. Today she works in a Ford factory assembling cars from Chinese, Thai, American and European parts, her children drink imported milk and Coca Cola and she holidays with her family — winners of the globalisation lottery. “Before children didn’t have a lot of clothes or food, but life improved after their parents got factory jobs,” Loan, 36, told AFP at the Ford plant near Hanoi.

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