Ho Chi Minh’s philosophy began to develop in adolescence. Ho spent his early years in Vietnam studying under Vietnamese nationalism. He was born as Nguyen Tat Thanh in 1890 in the Kim Lien village of Annam. Not until 1945 would he call himself Ho Chi Minh, in order to conceal his identity from anti-communists. His father, Nguyen Sinh Sac, was a Vietnamese nationalist who despised the French for colonizing Vietnam.
Ho’s strong developing feelings of nationalism at a young age had a long-lasting impact in his years as a revolutionary. For instance, he went to memorial services at a temple for revolutionaries who were killed in the resistance against the French (Duiker 24). As he grew older, Ho’s hatred of foreigners and their practice of imperialism increased. In 1901, Ho was shocked to hear of the poor treatment of Vietnamese laborers recruited by the French to construct a new highway into Laos. Specifically, some peasants who worked on the bridge came back injured, diseased and malnourished, ...
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