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Cholon Actress, Cholon, Saigon, French Cochinchina [c1900's] Attribution Unk [RESTORED] | by ralphrepo
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Cholon Actress, Cholon, Saigon, French Cochinchina [c1900's] Attribution Unk [RESTORED]

Entitled: Cholon Actress Cholon, Saigon, French Cochinchina [c1900's] Attribution unknown [RESTORED] Picture shown here was spot corrected, given better contrast, and rotational correction applied and cropped to fit. I also evened the tonality of the background to make it less distracting.

 

Cholon is an area of Saigon, that was the heart of the Chinese community in early 1900's Cochinchina, or the southern part of what we now call Viet Nam. At the time of this photograph, the area was under French dominion. I stumbled upon this magnificent picture while trolling around looking for old picture sites related to China and the Chinese diaspora. There are more pictures here:

 

hinhxua.free.fr/autrefois/chinois/photo_chinois_fr.htm

 

The actress is Chinese, traveling with a theater troupe in either late 1800 or early 1900's Viet Nam. I was so awestruck by her quiet beauty that I just had to share her picture here. If anyone here knows anything more about this picture please do share your information with the rest of us.

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Taken on November 3, 2009