30 September 2007 (Viet Nam News [Link no longer active]) – I’m back after a week of exploring Malaysia and I’ll be catching up on the posts that I missed out on during the last week. We start off this week in Vietnam with a fascinating story about Chu Dau ceramics, named after a 15th century ceramics production site and an artisan named Bui Thi Hy – and an alternative theory that Bui was a woman.
Mystery woman of the Chu Dau ceramics [Link no longer active]
A sunken ship discovered off the coast of Hoi An in 2000 set off a wave of interest in the rare ceramics within. Nguyen My Ha and Ta Quynh Hoa unravel the mystery of the 15th century artisian who created some of the worksAt 62 years of age, Bui Xuan Nhan buried himself in newspapers and magazines, sifting through piles of archived materials to research the Gia Loc District Communist Party for a competition. But during his search, he stumbled across an article that would take him far from his initial pursuit and towards astonishing findings about trade and the place of women in Vietnamese history.