Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1973 · Page 9
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY I, 1973 · · T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PACE * \ -- AP WlriwHole Facing leaner times ~ » / Two Saigon bargirls discuss their feelings about the withdrawal of the last 20,000 American troops who will leave South Vietnam soon. Nguyen Mai, also known as "Cindy" (left), once earned up to $1,3£0 a month working as a bargirl. She is 23. Nguyen Thi Lan (right) says she will return to her home town after the Americans leave. Saigon bargirls race time to grab off GIs as mates 7. SAIGON (AP) - Thousands "jaL Saigon bargirls are in a 60""day race against time to catch -.an Amencan GI as a husband *'A few will win but most will -- some deliberately ; These girls have been in ;· closer association with the ; American soldiers than almost -any other Vietnamese. Many ""are mothers of half-American , children. ·e In the sleazy bars on Plant- Nation Road near Tan Son Nhut Airport and the classier clubs "3ii downtown Saigon, there is ;3o bitterness at the Ameri'?cans' departure -- just sad-ness. -V "I am very sad," said Mai, j"a seven-year veteran, of the :;bargirl circuit. "You 'know I ^gdt baby. When Americans go, ·'·I can no more make money to "take care of my baby." ""-Sitting on a bar stool 1 in the ; deserted Lido Bar, on Plant- Ration Kbad, she spoke wist- 'fuUy about 'the GI father of -·her' daughter, 4, and son, 6. £,; "Before, he want to marry :: ; Jme and I say no. I want stay -!here," recalled the 25-year-old -' dark-haired mother. "Now it Ire too late. Now, I want. But now be too late. He gone." ;· In the days when 500,000 GIs ^were in Vietnam, Mai and her -colleagues at Saigon's cheaper "bars made about $325 a fmonth. Now, Mai said, she ''.makes only about $35 sipping '··"Saigon tea" at $1.30 a glass '.and arranging occasional late. .-'dates. ',':.' Nguyen Mai, 23, who goes ; by the American name "Cin- ···dy," once earned up to $1,350 '· A month. Now her monthly take ; ranges from $180 to $325. ;;;, "When the Americans go, I -·\go too," said Cindy. "Maybe I go to Thailand. I saved my money and I no have to work " Cindy.- who has a little boy, is one of the few bargirls who can leave Vietnam on her own. She is Chinese and holds a passport from the Republic of China. It virtually is impos- 'sible for anyone with a Vietnamese passport to leave the .country., One way is to marry a foreigner. Since 1970 the United States has offered Vietnamese girls a special "fiancee visa." Jt.requires her to marry within 90 days of arriving in the United States. Otherwise, she must return to Vietnam. . The .U.S. Embassy granted 1,511 fiancee visas last year. It also recorded 1,554 - Vietnamese-American 'marriages -553 involving mlitary men.' BuiTlii Thuy, 25, who wrks at the '147:.yoTarih, Lounge. -one : bfVSaigon's';Claisiest^-- went to the United. States on a fiancee visa masquerading as a Thai girl "because people told me Americans hate Vietnamese " She said she found · it true, but still doesn't understand why. Thuy went to Arlington, Va. : j" preparing to marry an Air Force captain who had just ; left the service. "When I got, there, I find he have long liair. He no man. I feel he girl. I say, cut hair. He say no, so I ''·say.'I want to le^ve and go Vietnam." Thuy would like to go back to the United States to study hairstyling but she has no interest in marrying an Amen- can. She is one of the few bar- x girls who can sta^ on the job . because the 147 Lounge cateis to wealthy Western civilians -- and'there are plenty heie and more on the way. 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