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Du Shiniang - Tou Jiang [Du Shiniang - Drowning Herself In the River]

Item Number: 998AU2201
Digital Object Type
Zhongguo Changpian Chang [China Phonograph Records Studio/Factory]
Physical Location
Stacks D161.0C
Number of Media
Item is Copyrighted - It is not available outside the VNCA building

General Note / OCR

Du Shiniang - Tou Jiang [Du Shiniang - Drowning Herself In the River]. Ping Tan [Suzhou dialect] opera, sung by Xu Lixian, Shanghai Municipal People's Ping Tan Troupe, accompanied by Jiang Yuequan, Zhou Yunrui, and Liu Tianyun. Du Shiniang is a famous courtesan in the Capital. She falls in love with Li Jia, a scholar who has just failed the national level Imperial Examination. When Li runs out of money and is to be driven away by the procuress, Du brings out all her savings and gives them to Li so Li could buy her out of her position as a prostitute. Liberated, Du accompanies Li on a boat sailing south. On the way, Li meets a salt dealer named Sun Fu, who goads Li to sell Du to him. Overcome by greed, Li sells Du to the salt dealer. Du becomes remorseful and, in front of Li and Zun, she throws her box of treasure into the river, then drowns herself.

Pub Credit Line
998AU2201, Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 24 Jul 2006 [Updated: 22 Nov 2013]