It has been a while since I've created my last post but this one is revolved specifically around the Constitution of the Socialists Republic of Vietnam and the the way that it pertains to Vietnamese citizens.
The first ideas of a constitution in Vietnam (The Constitution of the Socialists Republic of Vietnam) developed in the year of 1946, introducing the initial concepts of every Vietnamese citizen having a right to be equal. Although the general conception of this idea sounds appealing, Duong specifically mentions the technicalities of a communist society and the restrictions that are forced upon individuals hoping to strive during her novel, Paradise of the Blind. More specifically on this proposal of everyone being equal, we are confronted with the extermination of social classes and the possessions of excess land and divine material goods. Each citizen is given the same amount of terrain in order to do basic work such as cultivating and maintaing a suitable lifestyle; Duong mentions this through her hard-hitting descriptors of the land reform on pgs. 23-34. Unlike Canada, whose citizens are able to strive and become successful without getting judged or denounced, the Vietnamese government holds a stern, steady reign on these decisions. If Vietnam were to take on our use of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, there would be much confusion and exploitation within the system. From my understanding, I believe that there are few but existing citizens in Canada who are already starting to corrupt the charter for their own benefits. Some case studies are specifically directed towards the "legal rights" clause and others and directed in more general terms. One of the examples to share, would be the inabilities of banning junk food advertisements for children. Because of our fundamental freedoms clause, companies are able to support their cases by saying that they have the ability to express their own opinions freely.
When we have a Charter that is open to all Canadian citizens, we are giving each individual rights, but we are also giving them loopholes that can be manipulated to their own interests. With rights come responsibilities, unfortunately not everyone can embrace this fact. Taking these things into consideration, I believe that having this type of system in Vietnam would only spur on these concerns and problems. In fact, these types of clauses are already present in their society. When we start introducing official documents and clauses, that's when some individuals are able to manipulate them and make them benefit for their own interests.