Trieu Thi Trinh

Have you heard of a woman who challenged the mighty Chinese army?

On October 2, 222 A.D., Trieu Thi Trinh was born in Son Trung village in Vietnam. During that time the Qin dynasty of China invaded from the north and captured Vietnam. Trieu was orphaned as a toddler and lived with her brother, Trieu Qouc Dat.

She lived there for about 20 years. She was treated cruelly as a slave by her own brother. At 20, she saw the Chinese treating the nation the same way her brother treated her. She escaped to the hills and set up a base in the jungle. Trieu raised an army of a thousand rebels against the Chinese. When her brother tried to discourage her, she said, "I will not resign myself to the lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines. I wish to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I have no desire to take abuse."

Her rebellion was one of the most successful. Her army beat the Chinese at over 30 battles. When going to battle she wore golden armor and carried two daggers while riding on an elephant. The Chinese soldiers were so afraid of her that they said to themselves, "it would be easier to fight a tiger than the lady queen."

In 248 A.D., the Chinese army fought the rebel army and won. Trinh was so disappointed that she committed suicide by jumping into a river. A holiday honors her bravery and willingness in Vietnam. She is known as the Vietnamese Joan of Arc.

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by Tong, fourth grade, 2006