ASIA: The Sojourners

The pattern was repeating itself throughout Southeast Asia. In Thailand, four Chinese businessmen were shot to death in public on suspicion that they had burned their shops to get the insurance. In Cambodia, Chinese residents were barred from 18 occupations, ranging from barbering to pawnbrokering to, curiously enough, espionage. In Indonesia, Chinese traders and their families—some 300,000 people—were ordered to get out of rural villages by year's end. Not since the Japanese swarmed into the South Pacific in World War II have Asia's Overseas Chinese felt their position so threatened.

Southward...