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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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Tran Hung Dao Statue Sai Gon

This statue and park are just across the street from the Renaissance Riverside Hotel where we stayed downtown on the river.

When I began to plan the trip,  I joked with the travel agent  (my "little sister" Dieu)  that I wanted to travel Tran Hung Dao Blvd to get to my first home in Cho Lon and to go to Tran Hung Dao Street in Ha Noi to visit Cotevina, from whom I'd bought a stamp commemorating General Tran Hung Dao, so maybe we should call it my "Tran Hung Dao Trip".  Soon enough, I began to realize that one couldn't really hope to understand the Vietnamese people and their history without some understanding of their reverence for General Tran Hung Dao, for Nguyen Du's Truyen Kieu, and for Ho Chi Minh.  [ I have the greatest difficulty with the last one, since I think the war reflected a failure of leadership by both Lyndon Johnson and Ho Chi Minh.  But that's a topic for another time . . . . see essay here]   I decided to replace the joke with a more serious search by visiting sites related to General Tran Hung Dao, in hopes of developing some such understanding along the way.

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