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Author Quang Hong Mac

*The Avenging Sword of Mé-Linh: Kiếm Hận Mê-Linh

       This Vietnamese drama/play written in verse depicts the history of Trung Träc (Zheng Ce) – later

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       Known as Queen TRUNG – and her sister’s armed revolt against the Chinese Han Dynasty in the year 40 A.D., during its second invasion of Giao Chi (Jiaozhi). Giao Chi is now a part of northern Vietnam.

       The Hậu Hán sử (Hou Han Shu) recorded that Trưng’s rebellion would liberate Giao Chi (Jiaozhi) and avenge the murder of her patriot husband Thi Sach (Shi Suo) by To Dinh (Su Ting), a brutal and ruthless Chinese governor.

       In 42 A.D., Han China dispatched General Mã Viện (Ma Yuan) to quell the rebellion. In 43 A.D., the Han army defeated the Trưng sisters and regained complete control of Giao Chi. According to Vietnamese chronicles, the two sisters drowned themselves in the river rather than surrender to the Han.

       The author has included a brief introduction before each act to help English readers better follow the play. The English version is a literal translation – not an adaptation of the original Vietnamese version – and therefore, is not regarded as an English drama play in verse.

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* The Bloody Experience’s Hell Reeducation Camp: The Inhuman Treatment of Vietnamese Prisoners of War

       Time was meaningless. Death was waiting. Anything touching ground zero that showed the barbarous revenge of the Vietcong ended in a dried bloodbath for whoever served South Vietnam’s government. This all happened after North Vietnam’s last invasion succeeded on April 30, 1975.

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       Humanity absented itself into the hell of a prison that was called re-education. Vietcong killed the soldiers and public servants of South Vietnam using the cruel methods of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

       Prisoners were executed, tortured, lacked food, endured illness without medicine, and were subjected to forced labor, which created spiritual intimidation. The Vietcong killed about 165,000 among 800,000 prisoners, while the leftists in society concealed the human rights violations of the Vietcong.

       Author Quang Hong Mac survived, escaping by boat after spending more than five years in a Vietcong re-education camp. He resettled in the U.S. and continues to fight for democracy.

       Sharing his untold stories with U.S. public officials and another former Vietcong prisoner, this book was written to debunk paranoid socialists in democratic countries.

       The author believes his book can inform the Western World the truth about communism and socialism.

       About the Author: Quang Hong Mac, a captain in the South Vietnam Army (ARVN) and an injured pilot in the 1968 Tet offensive battle, was imprisoned for five years after Saigon fell in 1975. In 1980, he escaped and resettled in the United States. The following year, his wife and three children came to a Malaysia refugee camp. They reunited in 1981. He rebuilt his life from zero, graduating as an electrical engineer. Now retired, the author was editor of Philadelphia Rạng Đông Sunrise magazine and was an adviser on Asia for Pennsylvania’s governor. He has never returned to Vietnam

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* Asia’s Great Lineage: The Pioneers of Mac’s Dynasty in Mekong Delta

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       The Mac Dynasty spanned 150 years and encompassed several nations. In Vietnam, the Mạc Dynasty’s founder, Emperor Mạc Đăng Dung, was not a traitor as the Lê Dynasty (1009-1225) claimed. Rather, Mạc Đăng Dung seized power due to the corruption of the Lê Dynasty.

       Author Quang Hong Mac, a descendant of Mac’s family, is now telling the world of his great and historic surname.

       But his book is not only about the ancient past, it also tells of the author’s courageous survival during the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Settling into a new life in the United States after escaping North Vietnamese imprisonment following the war, the author began researching his ancestors who dated back to 770 B.C., so they would never be forgotten.

       He spent four decades collecting documents and pictures, and speaking to relatives and witnesses. The Mac family’s contributions spanned many eras and also impacted the history of China and Korea.

       The Mac’s descendants succeeded as scholars, and were pioneers in the Mekong Delta at Ha Tien, establishing a dynasty that ruled Vietnam for 150 years.

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* Author Biography

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       Quang Hong Mac, a captain in the South Vietnam Army (ARVN) and an injured pilot in the Tet’s offensive battle in 1968, was imprisoned for five years after Saigon fell in 1975. In 1980, he escaped and resettled in the United States. The following year, his wife and three children came to a Malaysia refugee camp. They reunited in 1981. Working hard, he rebuilt his life from zero, graduating as an electrical engineer in the U.S. Now retired, the author was editor of Philadelphia Rạng Đông Sunrise magazine and was an adviser on Asia for Pennsylvania’s governor. He has never returned to Vietnam.

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