Vietnamese: nguyên quán

Gavril

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English, USA
On a government-issued certificate from Vietnam, an individual was listed as having a "birthplace" and a nguyên quán ("native location"?).

What is a nguyên quán if it's not the same thing as a birthplace?

Is it comparable to what we call a "hometown" in English?

(For example, my own birthplace is a hospital located a few miles from what I consider my actual hometown.)

Thanks for any assistance,
Gavril
 
  • Huyen Ben Grace

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    On a government-issued certificate from Vietnam, an individual was listed as having a "birthplace" and a nguyên quán ("native location"?).

    What is a nguyên quán if it's not the same thing as a birthplace?

    Is it comparable to what we call a "hometown" in English?

    (For example, my own birthplace is a hospital located a few miles from what I consider my actual hometown.)

    Thanks for any assistance,
    Gavril
    Hi Gavril,

    "Nguyên Quán" is like the "original hometown" of that person's father, where the ancestors were born. Simply put, it's the father's hometown.

    Like me, my mother's hometown is Hanoi Capital. My house is also in Hanoi. I was born in Hanoi, too. But my "Nguyên quán" is Bac Giang province, because that is my father's hometown. The ancestors of my father's family were there.
    So, my actual hometown -"nguyên quán" is Bac Giang.:D
     
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