The Vietnamese - as opposed to many ethnic minorities in the country - are
largely a coastal rice-growing people. The south, which is capable of
more crops per year, is the source of the growing commercial agricultural
engine but rice cultivation, at least at a subsistance level, is everywhere
Thuy told us that the Champa people had introduced wet-rice culture into Vietnam.
I observed that meant that, even if their holy place at My Son was largely
lost, the Champa had an enduring legacy all around us.