Thursday, December 22, 2005

Funny, She Doesn't Look Chinese

From the National Post (of Don Mills, Ontario):

The Xs and Ys that bind

A new project uses DNA samples to dig deeper than your family tree and trace the migratory patterns of your ancestors

Mary Vallis, National Post
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2005

When I was a Grade 4 student in Leduc, Alta., my teacher gave my class what seemed like a simple assignment. Mrs. Newman asked us to find out about our ancestors.


I did as Mrs. Newman asked and went to my parents for help. My mother hauled out my baby book and showed me what it said. My parents were both born in Montreal. My stubby family tree had few branches: A few great-grandparents went back to England, and one to Ireland. But the source of my surname remained a mystery: All I knew was my paternal great-grandfather was born in Newfoundland.


What little I knew about my ancestors didn't seem exotic enough. I looked past the countries the other students were pointing at and decided to invent something better. When it was my turn to stand in front of the class, I told them all I was from China.


[Read the whole story]

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