A Vietnamese Family Chronicle

Twelve Generations on the Banks of the Hat River

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About the Book

The Nguyen of Kim Bai (a village in the Red River delta in Vietnam) traces its ancestry back to at least the 15th century. The region is also considered to be the birthplace of the Vietnamese race (the epic revolt of the Trung sisters against the Chinese occupiers occurred here).
The Nguyen family chronicle since 1600, preserved through war and exile, was written (in Chinese script) by the author’s grandfather. This document (kept in Nguyen’s ancestors’ altar) is quoted liberally. A clear and unique picture of Vietnamese personality and culture is provided.

About the Author(s)

Nguyen Trieu Dan left North Vietnam in 1950 to study abroad. He was a diplomat for South Vietnam until 1975; since then he and his family have taken refuge in Victoria, Australia.

Bibliographic Details

Nguyen Trieu Dan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 400
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, map, chronology, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1991]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6745-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8779-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“well-written…recommended”—Library Journal; “essential”—Choice.