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Family tree culture in China faces crisis

(People's Daily Online)

11:11, September 13, 2012

(Photo/Xinhua Daily)

A family tree is a special book with lists and charts recording generations, important figures and events of a blood-related family. Currently, the family tree culture in China, which has lasted thousands of years, is in a crisis.

In the "seminar on construction of a region for inheriting and renovating the family name culture and Chinese historical civilization" held recently in Nanyang, Henan Province, family name experts and scholars pointed out defects and shortcomings of the traditional family tree and said that young generations' attitude of "Admiration instead of participation" is making the family tree culture face a crisis of extinction.

Lin Xianzhai, director of Henan Family Name Culture Institute, said that a major cultural activity of the current rural area in China is that blood-related relatives get together and continue to write their family trees, but the problem is that only the elderly are doing this work. Due to limits of their life experience and educational backgrounds, the family tree writing is going at a low level and badly needs guidance from professionals and experts.

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