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Searching for a few good communists in Vietnam

Apparently, Vietnam just can’t find enough communists. As of last month, the government is now waiving university fees for students studying Marxism, Leninism, and the ideology of Ho Chi Minh.

Behind the offer? Market forces, ironically. As it turns out, majoring in subjects like English, communications, tourism, or international relations is a better path to employment for young Vietnamese than studying the philosophies of Vietnam’s Communist forefathers. As one local Facebook user quipped, “It is not difficult to find a job if you study those subjects — it’s impossible!”

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