National Geographic : 1951 Apr
Satio lill Gcora l----------- - C National Geographic Society 477 Paintings byJean Despujols Delicate Annamese and Robust Tonkinese Reflect the Contrast Between VietNam's Racial Cousins Yeu (left) was planting rice near Hue. seat of the old Annamese court, when the painter found her. He remarks: "For her obvious refinement, the former poet emperors were responsible, they having selected the fairest women for service in the court." Xuan (right) "was embittered and hardened by privations. Rice planting, dyke building, and childbearing were her destiny. Abreath of resignation seems to slip through her lips." For centuries her coastal village was the prey of Chinese pirates.