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Book/Printed Material Kim Văn Kiều Ca 金雲翹歌 / Title in Chinese reading: Jin Yunqiao ge

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  • Kim Văn Kiều Ca

Other Title

  • 金雲翹歌
  • Title in Chinese reading: Jin Yunqiao ge

Translated Title

  • The Tale of Kiều


  • This is a manuscript of Truyện Kiều (also known as Kim Văn Kiều; The tale of Kiều) by Nguyễn Du (1765-1820), perhaps the most important poem in Vietnamese literature. It is written in Chư̈ Nôm (Sino-Vietnamese characters). The story is based on a 17th-century Ming Chinese novel, which Nguyễn Du read while he traveled to China in 1813. The plot portrays the chaotic political and social circumstances of Vietnam in the 18th century, which was beset by dynastic struggles. The theme of the story is filial devotion, one of the main tenets of Confucianism. Lady Vuong's dream is fulfilled when she gives birth to two beautiful daughters, Thuy Kieu and Thuy Van, and later to a boy named Vuong Quan. Thuy Kieu suffers terrible adversity over 15 years and sacrifices her happiness to save the disgraced Vuong family. She survives all until she is finally reunited with her betrothed, Kim Trong. However, this reunion does not bring earthly joy to Kiều, who chooses to devote her life to serving her family as filial duty demands. Literary critics have maintained that the story is an allegory of Nguyễn Du's guilt and feelings of conflict after he agreed to work for the new regime (the Nguyễn dynasty, 1802-1945), which had been indirectly involved in the overthrow of his former master. This behavior was unacceptable in traditional Confucian Vietnamese society, as it was tantamount to betraying filial piety. Hence the theme of the story held particular poignancy for Nguyễn Du, who was born into an important mandarin family, and whose father served as a high-ranking minister under the Lê dynasty.


  • Nguyễn, Du, 1765-1820 Author

Created / Published

  • [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], 1888.


  • -  Viet Nam
  • -  1700 to 1799
  • -  Poetry
  • -  Vietnamese literature
  • -  Vietnamese poetry


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of Viet Nam.
  • -  Content in Vietnamese and Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
  • -  Title revised per Asian Division.--cc28 2023-01-06


  • 1 online resource.

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  • 2021667459

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Chicago citation style:

Nguyễn, Du, Author. Kim Văn Kiều Ca. [Place of publication not identified: Publisher not identified, 1888] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Nguyễn, D. (1888) Kim Văn Kiều Ca. [Place of publication not identified: Publisher not identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Nguyễn, Du, Author. Kim Văn Kiều Ca. [Place of publication not identified: Publisher not identified, 1888] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.