World: Cracks in the Great Wall

There is one small corner of war-torn South Viet Nam that has managed to maintain a separate peace. Cholon, the teeming Chinese quarter of Saigon, survives behind a Great Wall of indifference to the war—an indifference tempered only by the dictates of business. For it is from the bulging godowns of Cholon that Viet Nam's 1,200,000 "overseas" Chinese dominate almost 90% of the nation's economy. Lately, to Chinese chagrin, that precarious dominance has been threatened. After all, the Chinese of Cholon have been a target for Communist persuasion for the past 20 years.

Business & Pleasure. Chinese Cholon, which means "Great Market,"...

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