On October 10, 1991, the first issue of The Saigon Times hit the newsstand to meet the demand of foreign readers in Vietnam who needed a newsmagazine in English. The 24 - page black - and - white Saigon Time was the first English - language newspaper of Ho Chi Minh City, covering mainly foreign investment - related topics. The past 15 years has witnessed continuous growth and development of The Saigon Times Weekly. It is now an essential guide to the week's economic, bussiness and commercial life for readers all over the city and the rest of Vietnam as well. The newmagazine serves as a topical, up - to - date bridge linking Vietnamese cultural and tourism events to expatriates living in Vietnam.Fifteen years ago, Vietnam' s reform movement demanded news in English. Foreigners who wanted to read Vietnam's news in English welcomed The Saigon Times not only as a vehicle of information, but also as a sign of free expression. Therefore, the 100 people in this book are recognized as people who have joined us on the reform track and have helped open Vietnam's door's to the world.