Nàng Thơm Chợ Đào (The Virgin Thơm of the Red Market)

The year was 1999.  I was foot-loose and fancy free, traipsing about in northern Vietnam with nothing but my passport and a backpack filled with a few items of clothing and my Canon DSLR.  This was back in the days when I shunned luxurious modes of transportation, wanting instead, to travel with the least amount … Continue reading Nàng Thơm Chợ Đào (The Virgin Thơm of the Red Market)

The Trưng Sisters (Part 2)

(...continued from Part 1) His name was Dương Thi.  He was barely 20 years old when he married the headstrong, talented, intelligent, and beautiful Trưng Trắc, princess of the Mê Linh region, a province north of present-day Hà Nội. His father, Dương Thái Bình, who was the king's physician and also part of the royal family, ascended to the throne after … Continue reading The Trưng Sisters (Part 2)