Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Locating My Ancestors..

I finally found out that my father's father (grand father) originated from:
Nan Ann, in
Quanzhou district,
Fujian Province in China.

Overview of Fujian
Lying in the southeastern coast of China and bordering Zhejiang Province, Jiangxi Province and Guangdong Province, Fujian is facing Taiwan across the Straits and one of the closest mainland provinces to Southeast Asia and Oceania, as well as an important window and base of China for global exchanges. Boasting a long history, Fujian was called the Region of Minyue during the Spring and Autumn Period and the Prefecture of Min-Zhong during Qing Dynasty. In the middle of Tang Dynasty, the post of Fujian Military Commissioner was established, and the province was hereafter called Fujian. The brief name of Fujian, "Min", is derived from Min River, the greatest river within the province. Covering a land area of 121,400 square kilometers and a sea area of 136,000 square kilometers, Fujian governs Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Zhangzhou, Putian, Longyan, Sanming, Nanping and Ningde (nine municipal cities), as well as 85 subordinated counties, cities and districts (including Jinmen County). By the end of 2005, the total population of Fujian reached 35,350,000 (exclusive of Jinmen and Mazu). As one of the earliest provinces opening to the outside world, Fujian has launched 12 national development zones and special economic zones, bringing about an all-round opening-up configuration. The people of Fujian are famed for their diligence, courage, industry and hospitality. This mountainous province is also renowned for the tradition of starting career in overseas countries, which makes it a famous hometown of overseas Chinese

Overview of Quanzhou
Quanzhou is a well-known hometown for overseas Chinese and a majority of the Han population in Taiwanese. The total population in the municipality is over 6.7 million. About 9 million of Han nationality in Taiwan are originally from Quanzhou. In recent years, the number of visitors from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao has been increasing. They come back for pilgrimage to their visit ancestors’ graves, visit their families and friends, make investments and conduct business and sightseeing. This has greatly promoted the social and economic development in Quanzhou.
Quanzhou is one of first 24 important national historic and cultural cities announced by the State Council. From Tang Dynasty to Yuan Dynasty, “Citong Port” in Quanzhou was one of the major ports for foreign trade. It was the departure point of “marine silk route” and enjoyed the grand reputation of “largest oriental port”. The city has numerous famous scenic spots, cultural and historic relics. Among 399 protected cultural relics in the city, 12 are of state level and 37 are of province level.

Nan Ann
I am still sourcing for articles or pictures about Nan Ann. Anybody care to contribute, please contact me. I am planing for a trip there one of these days, with God's willing.

Source: Kelantan Hokkien Association and Fujian Official Website

2 comments:

Zawi said...

Lim,
How nice if I can join u on the visit to your ancestor's place. Not many Chinese from Kelantan know where their ancestors came from. You are very lucky to know it.

Ken Neoh said...

great for tracking your won ancestry. For your information, my ancestors are from NanAn too. Infact, am able to obtain the old village and home address from some of our old relatives. Have yet to make a trip there, but it would be a great place to go based on description from some of the relatives. By the way, I have rich friends from Malaysia who are able to fidn their far-distant relatives in China, and guess what, at this moment, the china's relatives are far more richer than him. Interesting! times has changed for china.