Saturday, 2 August 2008
Smiling children amongst the fighting. Vietnam 1968
A group of Chinese children. At least I imagine they were. I do not think this was in Cholon where I cannot recollect seeing a single Chinese all the time I was there during the fighting. Usually the streets would be as bustling as Saigon. Just South Vietnamese soldiers and a few journalists.
It was probably in Phan Thiet. There were of course Chinese businesses in every town in Vietnam. Children always smile. At least most do and if their parents showed no enthusiasm for the American presence the very young were still friendly.
When travelling around the countryside I could measure the level of danger by the friendliness or not of the children. No smiling youngsters around was always a very bad sign.