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Root-seeking culture booms in China

By Nie Chuanqing (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

08:15, April 18, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Root-seeking culture has developed rapidly in China in recent years under the guidance of government agencies as more and more overseas Chinese have come back to the Chinese mainland to seek their roots and worship their ancestors.

Rise of root-seeking culture

Root-seeking culture is part of traditional Chinese culture, and features elements such as ethnic groups, family names, characters, and classics. As its name suggests, root-seeking culture refers to practices of seeking one's roots and finding one's blood ties and emotional bonds.

Henan province is rich in root-seeking cultural resources. The Three Sage Kings and Five Virtuous Emperors, the common ancestors of the Chinese nation, were mostly born in or mainly operated in central China.

A study found that of the 100 most common Chinese family names covering 90 percent of Chinese personal names, 78 originated directly in Henan, and 98 first became famous in Henan.

The province has taken advantage of its root-seeking cultural resources, and held some root-seeking-themed events such as the Huaiyang Fu Xi Surnames Cultural Festival, Gushi Root-seeking Cultural Festival, Xinzheng Yellow Emperor Memorial Ceremony, Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival, and Jiaozuo International Tai Chi Annual Conference.

In addition, the province has actively explored ways to develop its root-seeking cultural resources through cultural festivals and activities, some of which have unique characteristics and enjoy good brand recognition.

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