SOUTH VIET NAM: The New Expatriates

Old hands of French Indochina called it le mal jaune—a benign affliction that could turn even Paris boulevardiers into confirmed expatriates.

After the French Expeditionary Forces left Viet Nam in 1956, thousands of Frenchmen stayed on, as businessmen, priests, adventurers, smugglers and doctors, some for the best of reasons, some for the worst. Almost two decades later, the American military withdrawal from Viet Nam is complete—but an estimated 9,000 Americans have chosen to remain behind.

Some are dedicated to helping the homeless and crippled; others are seeking the fast and easy buck....

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