Nguyễn Sinh Sắc (chữ Hán: 阮生色, Kim Lien village in Nam Dan district of Nghe An, 1862–1929) was the father of Ho Chi Minh. His wife, and the mother of Ho Chi Minh, was Hoàng Thị Loan (1868-1901), the daughter of his adoptive father and teacher. They had three children, Bạch Liên (or Nguyễn Thị Thanh), a clerk in the French Army, Nguyễn Sinh Khiêm (or Nguyễn Tất Đạt), a geomancer and traditional herbalist and Ho Chi Minh (or Chữ nho), leader of the resistance against the French colonialism.
Sắc passed the Confucian cử nhân examination in 1894 and in 1901 gained a second-rank (pho bang) position. He was a magistrate in the Binh Khe district (Qui Nhon), and became known as a defender of the lowly and poor against the high and "wicked". Sắc also served as interpreter between demonstrators and the French Resident Superieu. He was demoted in 1910 for abuse of power after an influential local figure died several days after having received 100 strokes of the cane as punishment for an infraction. Ho Chi Minh's parents' house is now preserved as the Kim Liên museum.
Nguyễn Sinh Sắc was also known as being a very able swordsman during his youth and that he had studied under a Chinese Martial Arts Teacher on how to use twin swords. Some sources also cite that he trained on Wing Chun under the same master.
1.Taylor Goddess on the Rise: Pilgrimage and Popular Religion in Vietnam 2004 Page 195 "Two of the most recently constructed memorials in this religious tradition celebrate the lives of Nguyễn Sinh Sắc (1863-1929), the father of Ho Chi Minh, and Tôn Đức Thắng (1888-1980), who succeeded Ho Chi Minh as president of socialist Vietnam"
2.Sophie Quinn-Judge Ho Chi Minh: the missing years, 1919-1941 2003 Page 328 "Father of Ho Chi Minh, from Kim Lien village in Nam Dan district of Nghe An. Married Hoang Thi Loan, the daughter of his teacher and adopted father. In 1894 passed the cu nhan examination, then in 1901 gained a second-rank (pho bang)"
3.Pierre Brocheux -Ho Chi Minh: A Biography 2007 - Page 4 "9 As vice magistrate, Sac became known as a defender of the lowly and poor against the high and "wicked" – whether ... served as interpreter between the demonstrators and the French Resident Superieur).10 Nguyen Sinh Sac's luck ran out in 1910, when his temper got him into serious trouble. ... Sac then ordered the landlord to be beaten with a wicker switch, and the man died two months later.