March Eight Textile Factory: Weaving Socialism
“The state-owned factory in a communist economy
is less an economic enterprise than a social institution”
(Walder 1986, 28)
Born into the early years of the new Socialist Regime, March Eighth Textile Factory was the embodiment of socialist ideals in the second half of the 20th Century. The Factory was built to fulfill both the industrial and the ideological ambitions of the Communist Party: the meticulous establishment of union structures, rigorous production campaigns along with programs to educate a new class of socialist proletariat. From 1965 to the end of the 20th Century, the Factory went through waves of American bombings, political fallout with Chinese allies, changes in the socialist economy; and most importantly, the rise and fall of the socialist spirit. Today, rapid urban transformations pushed the enterprise to relocate production to factories outside of Hanoi.