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Old 01-27-2013, 11:25 PM
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Location: Malaysia & Singapore
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In Chinese culture, an ancestral home (Chinese: 籍貫, 祖籍 or 老家; pinyin: jgun, zǔj or lǎojiā) is the place of origin of one's extended family. It may or may not be the place where one is born.

A subjective concept, a person's ancestral home could be birthplace of any of his/her patriline ancestors. An ancestral home can refer to the first locality where a surname came to be established or prominent. Commonly, a person usually defines his/her hometown as what his/her father considers to be his ancestral home.

The Chinese emphasis on a person's ancestral home is a legacy of its history as an agrarian society, where a family would often be tied to its land for generations. In Chinese culture, the importance of family and regional identity are such that a person's ancestral home or birthplace plays an important social role in personal identity. Discussion of personal or ancestral origins is typical when two people meet for the first time. In recent years, the root-seeking (尋根 xngēn) movement has led to greater interest in ancestral hometowns, especially among overseas Chinese.
Am a 4th-generation Chinese Malaysian. Am a Teochew on my paternal side and Hakka on my maternal side. My paternal great grandfather came to the then-Malaya from Beishan Village in Puning (a Teochew/Chaozhou-speaking community), Guangdong Province:


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Old 01-28-2013, 06:08 AM
 
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most of the chinese in cambodia are teochew
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:45 AM
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most of the chinese in cambodia are teochew
and thailand too
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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and thailand too
seems to be a common theme amongst mainland SEAsian countries

most chinese in the Philippines have origins in Fujian province
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:09 AM
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seems to be a common theme amongst mainland SEAsian countries

most chinese in the Philippines have origins in Fujian province
Those in Vietnam are mostly Cantonese though.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Hainan are really exotic places to someone from northern part of China.
Their culture is very different.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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I have a young girl from Singapore who helps me with typing manuscripts. She is third generation and she know all about her ancestral home in Fujian. She speaks the local dialect as well as fluent Mandarin and perfect English and some Malay I think. Over the years I have found that almost all the overseas Chinese I have know are far more in touch with their ancestral home than the rest of us who are immigrants.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:05 PM
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Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Hainan are really exotic places to someone from northern part of China.
Their culture is very different.
I gather it has something to do with the North-South cultural divide. For me though, I think the differences ain't that many or significant. I find the non-Han cultures of the western and north-central provinces to be particularly exotic.

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I have a young girl from Singapore who helps me with typing manuscripts. She is third generation and she know all about her ancestral home in Fujian. She speaks the local dialect as well as fluent Mandarin and perfect English and some Malay I think. Over the years I have found that almost all the overseas Chinese I have know are far more in touch with their ancestral home than the rest of us who are immigrants.
Are you overseas Chinese too?
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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seems to be a common theme amongst mainland SEAsian countries

most chinese in the Philippines have origins in Fujian province
Yup my dad is from Manila and he's mixed ancestry. The Chinese side is from Fujian.. his ancestors made bells for catholic churches throughout the archipelago and Formosa. I've seen pictures of giant bells with the family name on the side.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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Third generation Chinese Indonesian, moved to the US at an early age (two), partially to avoid riots and partially just because my parents thought it would be beneficial for my future due to more opportunities and a generally "easier life."

My father's side and my maternal grandfather speak Hokkien, but they have ethnic/racial roots in Northern China.
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