I recently rewrote The Tay Son Rebellion, historical fiction of eighteenth-century Vietnam. I plan to publish it in the next year.
The Tay Son Rebellion, historical fiction of eighteenth-century Vietnam, covers a major civil war in Vietnam from 1770-1802. In short, Vietnam had been divided into north and south for 150 years, the Trinh dynasty in the north, the Nguyen in the South. They were terrible administrators, and their people suffered. The three Ho brothers start a peasant uprising in the center, in Tay Son, and eventually defeat both warlords. They let a young Nguyen prince escape, and he is helped by a French Catholic Bishop, who raises a small French Navy in India to help the young Prince Anh defeat the Ho brothers, but it also takes troops from Siam, and about 20 years of fighting.
Nguyen Anh owes an enormous debt to the French Bishop and all the French sailors and military engineers, but after the Bishop dies, and Anh becomes Emperor Gia Long, he waits two decades and then bans Christianity and closes Vietnam to foreigners. (Emperor Bao Dai, who the US supported in 1954, was a descendant of Nguyen Anh.) The outcome helped determine much of modern Vietnam.
This novel was inspired by my anti-war activities as a teenager, and James Clavell’s Shogun. By the end of my story the reader has hopefully been entertained while reviewing a great deal of Vietnamese history and culture. The detailed historical review makes the point obliquely that the US did not do its homework before going to war in Vietnam in the 1960’s. The book is still relevant, since most Americans are still oblivious to the history and culture of Vietnam, and it appears that we’ve made a similar type of blunder invading Iraq. Vietnam today has 76 million people and an economy growing at about 8% per year.
About the Author
David Lindsay, Jr. is a writer, blogger, accountant, and folk music and dance leader and caller living in Hamden, Connecticut. He conceived of The Tây Sơn Rebellion after studying American-East Asian Relations at Yale where he earned a BA degree in history in the spring of 1976, with a thesis titled The Cold War and The American War in Vietnam. He graduated a year after the American War in Vietnam ended.
You can learn more about The Tây Sơn Rebellion and view David’s journal of his three weeks in Vietnam in 2010 — about visiting many of the sites in the book — by visiting his blog OnVietnamAndtheWorld.wordpress.com, focused on Viet-nam, World Affairs, American Foreign Policy, History and Literature. He also blogs at InconvenientNews.Wordpress.com, focused on Climate Change, Population Growth, the Drug Wars, and the United States.
This book The Tây Sơn Rebellion has a story of its own. David first drafted it writing part time over ten years between 1978 and 1988. Failing to find a publisher, the author went off to business school, where he earned an MBA from the University of Washington in 1991. He also got married, had three children, and worked in IT, and bookkeeping and accounting with private companies and non-profits for the next nineteen years. In 2010, a tennis ball hit him on the head, and he went back to working on his book.
Before business school, David studied Uechi-ryu (Okinawan) Karate for over twelve years, earning his Nidan, or second degree black belt. He studied (Japanese) Aikido for over ten years, stopping at Ik-kyu, right before testing for Shodan, or first degree black belt.
David started calling contras, squares, and English Country dances in New Haven in 1976. He started a dance series with the Fiddleheads dance band which became the New Haven Country Dancers. He founded the New Haven Morris and Sword Team in 1977. He co-founded Take Joy: A Celebration of the Winter Solstice (through mostly Anglo American folk music and dance) in New Haven which featured the morris team, and he also performed with the team in a similar show in Stratford CT called Yulefest, originally directed by Henry Chapin. He was eventually hired to by the Yulefest producers to write and direct four of their productions. When he took his two sons to meet with the YMCA Indian Guides, he chose for his Indian name David Dances with Bells On.
There might be more information at DavidLindsayJr.com, if my webmaster ever gets around to it, and I finally finish the book and publish it.