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My china roots

(Originally published in the blog of My China Roots).  [English] Who would have thought that the preservation of the ever so civilized ‘tea time’ would drive the British to instigate nationwide drug addiction and a ‘century of humiliation’ in China? By the 18th century, Britain was drinking so...

(Originally published in the blog of My China Roots).  [English] China has traditionally regarded itself as the center of all the world’s civilization. As a consequence, it has tended to frown upon citizens that choose to leave the ‘Middle Kingdom’ for foreign, supposedly barbaric countries. Overseas Chinese...

(originally published in http://www.mychinaroots.com/portfolio-items/hungry-ghost-festival-and-the-cross-cultural-nature-of-roots/ [English] Ghosts come in all shapes and sizes, especially Chinese ones. There are water ghosts, headless ghosts, friendly old lady-ghosts, and, as pictured here, hungry ghosts. Like all hungry ghosts, you can recognize him by his needle-thin neck, which hardly allows any food to...

(originally published in http://www.mychinaroots.com/portfolio-items/semarang-indonesia-bing-hans-migration-trip-3/) [English] After two very long weeks, Bing Han arrives at the port of Semarang. Seeing Bing Yao makes him smile for the first time in ages. Just like his brother, Bing Han is going to work at the sugar plantation of the Liu family....

(originally published in http://www.mychinaroots.com/portfolio-items/singapore-bing-hans-migration-trip-2/ ) [English] Every wave rams Bing Han’s homesickness deeper into his belly. The boat moves in every direction, except the one back home. Arriving on the busy docks of Singapore, Bing Han is relieved to find Tik Tjoe. Surrounded by strange-looking people talking strange-sounding...

(originally published in http://www.mychinaroots.com/portfolio-items/zhangzhou-fujian-bing-hans-migration-trip-1/ ) [English] How did your ancestors make their migration journey? How does one travel to a new beginning? The story below follows a typical Chinese emigrant on his way to Semarang, some 100 years ago. It is 1912, the first year of the Republic...