Ancient ties between Taiwanese and Vietnamese

I always knew my family’s spoken language was slightly different than what was spoken on the streets.  There were many terminology which didn’t fit in with the Việt vocabulary that I learned in school and on the playground.  For example, my father called his mother, my paternal grandmother, by the word Bu (母) pronounced as in the English word ‘boo’.  I never understood why.  I just thought … Continue reading Ancient ties between Taiwanese and Vietnamese

Ancient Việt: Matriarchy and the Female Lineage

Vietnamese Women Rule. OK, so maybe not at this time, but in the past we did…kinda, sorta, in a way.  Even as early as two-thousand years ago, we were a Matriarchal society.  In my previous post on the Trưng sisters, I noted that not only were they twin queens of a huge geographic area, their generals were also women of great note.  But they were hardly … Continue reading Ancient Việt: Matriarchy and the Female Lineage

The Trưng Sisters (Part 4)

(…continued from The Trưng Sisters (Part 3)) The Beauty During the three-year reign of Trắc and Nhị Trưng, people saw them everywhere.  They never stayed in one place for long—always on their elephants and always on the road.  Their swords were never sheathed, they were constantly keeping the troops trained and motivated, maintaining connections with all the generals, and maintaining the goodwill of the population. … Continue reading The Trưng Sisters (Part 4)