Octavie C., a divorcee with two children’ decided to move ‘from Algeria to
Tonkin’ in 1898. She first started a bar in Haiphong, then moved to Hanoi.
Later she went to Cochinchina to set up a cafe´ hotel restaurant, but could not
sustain her business. In 1900, as her children had fallen ill, she requested the
administration to help send them ‘back to her family’ (p. 111).