Saturday, April 23, 2016

Those "Chinese" Taiwanese

An old farmer removes snails from his irrigation ditches.

A friend writes me...
"[my wife] has had her DNA analyzed. It is really interesting. Each haplogroup is atypical for Taiwan and Fujianese. The Maternal marker is probably ethnic Yue. The paternal marker is probably Pazeh or Hoanya. [Wife]'s paternal grandmother is very closely related to indigenous Cambodians (Hmong). Possibly ethnic She people who were Hakkacized in Fujian, or from Sundaland.
Fujian people and Taiwanese people mixed with Austronesian peoples from all over SE Asia. I can't wait for the first real accessible history of the great Austronesian people in English.
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Unknown said...

Yue, Pazeh, Hoanya, Hmong, She. . . Yup, do not allow the post-WWII KMT-induced fables of Hakkacization and Hokloization to draw the Han blanket over the Western Pacific area that Formosa is.

Take Ms. Tsai whose Hakka, Hoklo and Paiwan origins are listed in that order in the local media. Tsai Ying-Wen’s heredity tells us that she is a plain, 100% Formosan of Paiwan and Pingpu stock. The cradle of her family is located in the fishing community of Fenggang in the Fangshan township of Pingtung County.

Is the “daughter of the Paiwan” fluent in English and Mandarin only? If her language skills are telling of her allegiance. . . . that green frog uttered its last croak already.

Had not the political evolution of Taiwan been derailed seventy years ago, instead of Mandarin, Ms. Tsai ought to be speaking Japanese as her first language with a smattering of Paiwan to add a local shine. She ought to have been brought up speaking Japanese at home and now in her official capacity.

Her father used to call her Chibi (ちび), a Japanese term of endearment referring to the cuteness of one’s child, usually the youngest of the brood which she was, was not she?

Although her first name would be a rarity in Japan, on checking Japanese christening sites using "英文", I came up with a few combinations such as Aya, Eimi, Emi. . . . others. Both ideograms by themselves read “Aya”, a girls first name much liked in 1990s Japan. But the first is usually pronounced “hide”while the second is spelled “fume" or even “mi”.

At any rate, any Japanese pronunciation of her first name sounds a lot more alluring than the clumsy English Yingwen Tsai. Wish Ms. Tsai would be more forthcoming with this aspect of her identity through the local media.


但蔡潔生情史豐富,共有四房、十一名子女,也讓蔡家故事蒙上神祕色彩。母親張金鳳是河 洛人,則是父親第四房,生有四名子女,排行老么,小名為「Chibia」,也就是「最小的」之意。

無名 - wu ming said...

erica brindley's recent book, "ancient china and the yue," gets into the ancient austronesian diaspora, and is worth a read.

Michael Turton said...


Anonymous said...

Where did your friend's wife get her DNA analyzed?

Michael Turton said...

Some kind of kit my friend's mother sent them.