Gender issues in Vietnamese history are among the problems that have not been thoroughly studied. Historical documents regarding gender at the village and national levels did not survive well during Vietnam's many intermittent wars from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. On the other hand, early Vietnamese historians—almost all men—may have been dominated by Confucian ideology, tending to record only the activities of men. Consequently, Vietnamese history has been perceived as being run by men, while the role of women in this history is overshadowed, which inevitably raises questions among historians about the role and position of Vietnamese women in past societies and throughout history. Nhung Tuyet Tran's Familial Properties is an important work that helps answer these questions.

The book includes six main chapters with elaborate notes, a bibliography, and a glossary of Sino-Vietnamese terms. In the introduction, “Vietnamese Women at the Crossroads of Southeast Asia,” Tran begins with...

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