GREEK LOVE IN VIETNAM
In footnote 4 to his 1889 survey of pederasty in China, the French physician J.-J. Matignon briefly described the sexual involvement with Vietnamese boys of French colonial officials whom he blamed for introducing pederasty to the country.
A far more detailed and lurid, but equally hostile account of ubiquitous pederasty in Annam was given soon afterwards in his Untrodden Fields of Anthropology (1893) by French army surgeon Jacobus X..., who was stationed there.
In a section on Vietnam in their Boys for Sale (1969), Drew and Drake briefly described boy prostitution during the French occupation:
Jacobus X and other commentators, tell of the frequency of boy prostitution in Viet-Nam during the French occupation. The young Vietnamese hated anal intercourse because they were small and tight, and found it painful. But, they would willingly yield for money if they found that their patron insisted. The nays (boys) who carried baskets in the markets were nearly all “available”. Many of them were astonishingly beautiful. Frenchmen would, therefore, shop first for the boy, and then, having made their selection, would take him to carry their purchases home. The boys would advertise their skill in fellatio by calling out “me much like chew-chew banana.”
Unless instructed to the contrary, when a boy left in the daytime with his pay, he would return again that night, after dark, to sleep with the man a second time. These youngsters were sometimes as young as 12, but the 14 and 15 year olds looked 12 by Western standards. They were often beautiful and erotic.
A leading French textbook on homosexuality includes as one of its cases, the story of a French officer who was determined not to get mixed up with youngsters. Alas, Vietnamese boys were so pretty and so aggressive that he could not resist trying one out just once. Then, he found that he was so charmed by the pleasure of the experience that he couldn’t resist repeating the experience again and again. Soon, he was “hooked” on boys just as firmly as if he had taken to drugs and gotten “hooked” on them. Years later, back in France, he continued to be troubled by hauntingly beautiful dreams calling him back to Indochina.
We do not yet have much information filed on the conduct of American military men and Vietnamese boys. We are sifting through reports now and preparing them for another volume.
The English journalist Michael Davidson reported for several weeks from Saigon in 1949-50 and Hanoi late in 1950, and described his trysts with boys in both cities in his memoir Some Boys.
The afore-mentioned Drake, writing under his real name of Parker Rossman, recorded interviews with a European and an American soldier about their sexual liaisons with Vietnamese boys around the time of the Vietnam War.