Pure-blood Chinese Han ethnicity vanishes

17:02, February 08, 2010      

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Han Chinese, long-held as the country's ethnic majority, may turn out to be a false proposition as a latest ethnology finding said its pure-blood people completely vanished into the racial mixes, People.com.cn reported Monday.

Han Chinese characteristics couldn't even be traced in DNA tests, the news report said.

"The non-existence of pure-blood Han ethnic people resulted from centuries of mass migrations as well as racial integrations," said ethnologist Xie Xiaodong, associate professor with Lanzhou University's Life Science Department.

"Han ethnic group is simply a concept based in certain regions in history, thus lacking definite characterization," Xie added.

Ethnic Han ancestry traces back to the ancient Chinese living in the central plains along the Yellow River in northern China, including Henan province and some areas in southern Shanxi, western Jiangsu and northwest Anhui provinces nowadays.

Source: Chinadaily.com
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