Archive for March 21, 2011

A New Novel Aims to Rewrite History

Posted in Books, I. News, II. History, IV. Columns with tags , , on March 21, 2011 by Ian Pham

Here’s the latest case of historical desecration by the Vietnamese Communists with advice from foreigners.  A new historical novel, supposedly based on the lives of Le Loi and Nguyen Trai, was recently published in Vietnam.  The book aims to chronicle the events transpiring between the heroic duo as they take on the Ming invaders in the 15th century.  Unfortunately, the accuracy of the novel’s events are somewhat questionable.  Actually, it’s complete garbage, just to let you know.

The author of this novel, Nguyen Quang Than, completely disrespects the characters of Le Loi and Nguyen Trai, characterizing them as bandits, thugs, and gangsters.  At the same time, he portrays the Ming army as heroic individuals, coming into the country to help and care for the Vietnamese people.  The invaders are shown to be virtuous, honourable, civilized, and caring.  So according to this “author,” Le Loi and Nguyen Trai are the villains, while the Ming invaders are the heroes.

Signs of outrage have been visible within the Vietnamese literary community.  Many writers and bloggers in Vietnam have criticized the author of this book, making their opinions known.  What’s the Vietnamese government response to all this?  Unsurprisingly, they’ve decided to go against the writers in Vietnam in defence of the author of the book.  They’ve issued a warning, threatening to punish anyone who further criticizes the author Nguyen Quang Than and the Vietnamese government.

Why would they do this?  Why would any government ever allow anyone to damage the sacred historical protectors of their country?  Let us recall a similar incident, only several months ago, recall the movie Ly Cong Uan: the Road to Thang Long Citadel. The Chinese government tried to distort the history of Emperor Ly Thai To, making him look like a Chinese man, an act permitted by the Vietnamese Communist Party, remember that?  It’s happening again, and guess what, they’re letting it happen again.

Judging by the evidence, one can argue that the Chinese Communist Party has something to do with the creation of this book.  Who else would come up with the idea of destroying the memory of two of Vietnam’s proudest figures?  The story of Ly Cong Uan was indisputably the plan of the CCP, and it is a fair bet they are involved with this as well.  It’s not hard to find traitors in the Vietnamese Communist system, almost everyone at the height of the Politburo is a corrupted sell-out anyway.

It is easy for the Chinese government to infiltrate the Vietnamese Party, all they have to do is show the money.  The CCP has succeeded in finding traitors despicable enough to desecrate the memory of their own ancestors, and they are exploiting these mutinous dogs to the fullest extent.  Vietnam’s Communist government is full of cowards, traitors, and slaves, that is why they need to be punished by the true people of Vietnam.  The title of the novel is Hoi The (The Gathering of Oaths).  If you have the time, look it up.

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