NORTH VIET NAM: Homing Pigeons

The 50,000 Vietnamese refugees who fled from the French into Thailand in 1946 made friends easily enough with local Thai villagers, but they quickly wore out their welcome with the government in Bangkok. Clustered along the northeastern frontier, which borders on Laos, in tight little communities of their own, the refugees clung fiercely to their own language, built their houses on the ground instead of on stilts as is the Thai custom, and kept their ears glued to the voice from home—Hanoi radio, with its tireless Communist propaganda. Soon Ho Chi Minh's agents from North Viet Nam organized the...

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