One of the country's strengths © Asian-Nation/C.N. Le

Finally, this is a local Hmong young woman, just outside of Sa Pa. I had to do a little persuading to get her to pose for this shot -- she was kinda shy at first. Many people who have seen this picture tell me that they can see it appearing on the cover of "National Geographic" some day. Hmmm. Anyway, I chose to include this as the last picture because she symbolizes the history, people, and future of Viet Nam -- strong, beautiful, and independent. Viet Nam is and will forever be my homeland.