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Family tree culture in China faces crisis (4)

(People's Daily Online)

11:15, September 13, 2012

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In recent years, domestic and overseas Chinese people's activities of tracing their roots are becoming more and more frequent. But, due to various factors, such as the long history, migration, and contradiction of different historical records, original places of some family names are still in dispute, leading to confusions of recognition in root-tracing activities of many family names. "Therefore, it is very important to have family trees for reference and have ancestral halls to worship", said Lin.

However, regarding the current situation of many families compiling and revising their family trees, a researcher from Zhengzhou University Zhao Changhai believes that people should not have blind faith in ancient people and documents.

Currently, many associations aiming at inheriting and carrying forward the family name culture have been founded in Henan Province and they are trying to upgrade the family tree compiling work into a cultural inherition level and build the clan association into a tie for uniting overseas and domestic Chinese. The construction of China Family Name Culture Museum is also being planned.

【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】, author: Li Guigang.

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