For many Americans, at least, having a Vietnamese girlfriend or boyfriend still has something of the thrill of ‘sleeping with the enemy’. Even if the war did finish over three decades ago, Hollywood has kept it in our mindset and Vietnam sets off deep hormones like no other Asian country does.
The Vietamese themselves have long memories.
Every year we hear of stories of travelers being taken for a ride by Vietnamese women. Tougher than the Thais, they try every trick in the book to hustle money out of any Western guy foolish enough to open his heart to a Vietnamese girl he met in a bar.
Our favourite con was the old ‘cut a hole in the end of the condom’ trick to get pregnant and then use either emotional blackmail or threats of physical violence to marry her (and ensure a nice foriegn passport) or an expensive abortion…
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