Trung Trac's husband, a provincial governor, was assassinated by the Chinese in 39ce. Trac, then with her sister Trung Nhi, organized a potent revolt against the Chinese. Until a major Chinese army returned in 43ce, Trung Trac ruled as a wise and respected queen. The two sisters drowned themselves in the Hat Giang river, to prevent their capture in 43ce. Not only are they symbols of nationalism, they also are exemplars of strong female roles in Vietnamese culture.