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Monday, October 24, 2005

He Brought Just the Clothes on His Back, and . . . Something Else

From Taiwan Headlines:

Middle Eastern heritage doesn't ring a bell with the Dings of today

-- October 24, 2005 --

Yunlin County's Taixi Township has a major distinction: it's home to more people with the Chinese surname "Ding" than any other place in Taiwan. Of the slightly more than 30,000 people in the area, over 10,000 sign their names "Ding."

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"Ding Su, the ancestor of the Taixi Dings, fled from Fujian's Jinjiang County around the time of the Qianlung Emperor with absolutely nothing. He brought with him only a pair of "eggs" (testicles), which engendered the myriad Dings of Taixi." Retired Taixi Elementary school principal Ding Dongde smiles while recounting the Ding clan's origins.

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