Hang Bong, the Row of Flowers, is the euphemistic name of the prostitution hub Andrew observes in Saigon. It is representative of the lingering effects of the American war, and shows that the reunification of Vietnam has not resulted in significantly increased quality of life. Women in Hang Bong are flowers--beautiful, but reduced to objects for sale, robbed of humanity. They are just another one of the many wares on offer in the streets of Saigon, being sold alongside snacks, goods for consumption. Foreigners are the ones who get the best women, which reflects the inferiority complex many Vietnamese feel when they compare their condition to the West. By comparing the women to flowers, the women are presented as delicate and fragile. This vulnerability makes their situation more tragic, as instead of being cultivated and nurtured, these flowers are picked and sold off to the highest bidder, no longer able to grow independent and free from outside forces. The garden of Vietnam has been uprooted and sold off.