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"Tran Hung Dao Trip"  to Vietnam  for Tet 2004
January 15, 2004, to February 2, 2004
Carl W. Cole and Patti Mears
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I've read that understanding Nguyen Du's classic poem,  Truyen Kieu  (The Tale of Kieu),  is essential to understanding the Vietnamese.  Patti bought me a bilingual edition but I have little doubt that my reading is superficial.  My command of tieng Viet is far too limited to even be aware of subtleties in the language and I know so little of the Chinese classics that I miss any allusion that's not explained in a footnote.

This much I think I understand:  Kieu's life of unrewarded talent, with it's adherence to duty despite undeserved difficulty,  is a metaphor for the Vietnamese people's long struggle to find their own way.



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